BuCor implements measures over COA report on missing seized items inside NBP

MANILA-- Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Benjamin Delos Santos on Wednesday ordered the implementation of measures inside the New Bilibid Prison (NB) in Muntinlupa City in response to the findings of the Commission on Audit (CoA) on the missing cash and valuables seized from inmates in Oplan Galugad operations in 2016.

Delos Santos said among these measures is the establishment of an appraisal committee mandated to appraise seized contraband goods to determine fair market value at the time of the seizure.

The committee has been in place since January this year, Delos Santos said sought for comment on the COA's report .

He added that a control system was put in place to ensure that there would be no repeat of such incident.

We have devised a control system and appraisal committee as suggested by COA, he noted.

He also said that before the release of the COA report he received complaints from inmates about the missing items seized from them.

Dami reklamo mga (There have been many complaints) PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) alleging items not found in NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) inventory report, Delos Santos stressed, who only assumed the post last December.

At the same time, Delos Santos said his office will submit an official report to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the COA report as well as an updated reply to the audit report.

Earlier, Aguirre said he has yet to receive a copy of the COA report but that he will ask the BuCor to make a report to his office as soon as possible.

The COA annual audit report for 2016 recommended that BuCor conduct a probe on the missing confiscated money and five pieces of jewelry of undetermined worth and hold the official or personnel accountable for it.

The report noted a shortfall of PHP502, 180 in the amount turnover to the BuCor cashier for safekeeping following the Galugad operations conducted to ferret out prohibited items inside the national penitentiary.

Likewise, not all confiscated jewellery with an undetermined amount was turned over to the BuCor cashier for safekeeping, it added.

Source: Philippines News Agency