Pampanga Office of Civil Defense not secured with guards – COA
The Regional Office of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga does not have security guards to protect it from theft, state auditors said.
In its 2016 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the OCD Regional Office No. III, located at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, is not well lit at night even though theft among government offices is rampant due to the presence of informal settlers.
What’s more, COA noticed that the building and facilities of the OCD Region III does not have the appropriate security service officers, “thus, exposing the office facilities and properties to break-ins/theft.”
“While it is true that the Regional Office, in order to somehow ensure safety of its facilities, is equipped with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), the need to hire the services of a competent security agency should still be resorted in order to fully assure the protection of government property,” COA said.
COA learned from OCD officials and employees that the office did not hire the services of a security agency because no funds were provided by the main office.
COA recommended the OCD management to provide budget for the hiring of appropriate security service provider to be able to fully safeguard the properties from loss, theft or break-ins.
COA reminded the OCD of Chapter 5 of Section 2 of Presidential Decree 1445, which states that the accountability and responsibility for government funds and properties is vested to the head of the agency.
The head of the agency should always exercise the diligence of a good father of a family in ensuring that all the government funds and property under his care/agency should not be exposed to possible loss, the said presidential decree read.
Under Republic Act 10121 or the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010,” the OCD is authorized as the implementing arm and secretariat of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
It is tasked to administer a comprehensive national civil defense and disaster risk reduction and management program to reduce the risks and hazards of natural disasters.
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