COA cited the military’s “defective pension information system” and “ineffective monitoring system” in keeping track of the real status of pensioners as the cause for the overpayments.
“It appears therefore that these deceased pensioners were not regularly monitored as to their real status and that they were continuously paid although no longer qualified to receive benefits until their deletion from the payroll,” read the COA report.
Auditors said this resulted in the wastage of government funds that should have been used for other valid and urgent claims.
COA urged AFP to strengthen the control and monitoring of pensions funds to minimize undetected payments to deceased and unqualified pensioners.
It also pushed AFP to immediately remit the recovered overpayments to the Bureau of the Treasury.
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