Philippines: Gov bill collector charged with unrecorded or unremitted collection of logging company’s payments

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) formally
charged one of its employees with various violations for allegedly
failing to remit to the government P40.8 million in forest charges
paid by a logging firm from 2003 to June 2008. In a statement, the
DENR identified the employee as Vilma Ade Ritual, a bill collector
assigned at the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) in
Casiguran, Aurora.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza issued a formal
charge against Ritual on Monday and ordered her to submit her written
reply, under oath, within five days of receipt of the formal charge.
In the meantime, Ritual has been placed under a 90-day suspension
without pay. The DENR formally charged Ritual with falsification of
public documents, malversation of public funds, dishonesty, and
conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. An
investigation by a fact-finding team created by Atienza in July showed
that most of the amounts indicated in the Original Official Receipts
(ORs) issued by the logging firm Industries Development Corporation
(IDC) for payment of forest charges and other related fees showed
discrepancies with the amount reported in the Report of Collections
and Deposits (RCD). The total unrecorded or unremitted collection was
P40.766 million, the investigation showed. The investigating team also
noted that some of the duplicate ORs appeared to have been tampered
with. Moreover, reports of income collected and deposited with the
Bureau of Treasury, particularly tax on forest products submitted
covering the period from July 2002 to June 2008 showed that some
collections for the month were not remitted and/or deposited within
the month. Atienza also issued show-cause memoranda to four DENR
officials and four other personnel from the provincial and community
officers of the DENR in Aurora. “The officials were asked to explain
why they should not be charged administratively for negligence,” the
DENR said in its statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20081215-178184/DENR-staff-charged-for-missing-fees

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ForestPolicy (ForestPolicy)December 16th, 2008 at 5:06 am

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