MANILA, Philippines – Almost ten months have passed since super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the provinces of Visayas, but not a single government agency seem to know exactly how much foreign and local donations were received for the typhoon victims.
This was the reason cited by Senate Finance chair Francis “Chiz” Escudero when he submitted a recommendation for a special audit of typhoon donations in his committee report on August 20.
In his report, Escudero urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to “conduct a Special Audit on the local and foreign donations, both in cash and in kind, received by the government for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.”
The Finance committee chaired by Escudero has conducted a Senate probe into the donations received by the government, both local and foreign, and the current phase of the rehabilitation program led by an agency headed by former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. (Click here to read more)