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Zamora seeks COA help on P1B debt left by Guia Gomez

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New San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora on Monday said he will ask the Commission on Audit (COA) to look into the financial status of the city government after the previous administration left over P1 billion in obligations.

In a flag raising ceremony, Zamora reported that the past administration of former Mayor Guia Gomez has turned over P1.3 billion but most of the budget has been allotted for projects bidded out up to December this year.

“Gusto ko malinawan kung anong financial course ng San Juan kaya imbitahin natin ang Commission on Audit Central Office suriin mabuti ng financial status,” Zamora said.

Zamora, who ended the Estrada clan’s 50-year control of San Juan in the last May 13 midterm elections, clarified that he was not accusing anyone of corruption.

“Sinasabi ko ito ang inabutan namin sa San Juan. Kung tama lahat ng transakiyon na ito ang COA ang makakasagot niyan,” Zamora said.

Zamora said out of the P1.3-billion budget, P521 million has been allocated for the construction of the new city hall and P43 million for furniture; P500 million for the San Juan Medical Center; P300 million for trust funds; and P44 million for long-term loans payment.

He said the projects of the previous administration should be up to June only and not up to December this year.

Zamora, a son of long-time congressman Ronaldo Zamora, said he recently signed Executive Order No. 1, which aims to protect the people’s money by having an internal pre-audit system for all transactions.

He also stressed the need for proper and efficient tax collection as part of the new system he wanted to implement in the city.

Under his first executive order, Zamora has ordered the creation of the Integrity Task Force, which shall be composed of city administrator as the chairperson, and city legal officer as vice chairperson.

“This order shall take effect immediately. All officials and employees of the San Juan City government are hereby enjoined to cooperate and actively participate to the fullest extent in order to implement the provisions of this Executive Order,” Zamora said.

“This is part of our promise to have an honest, transparent and accountable local government in the city of San Juan,” he added. (PNA)