Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz issued a show cause order on Tuesday, February 7, directing the former acting treasurer of Isabela town to explain the loss of government’s funds under her watch.
Issued the show cause order was Cashier 1 Nenette Escarda who was directed to explain in writing, comment or submit an affidavit under oath within five days on why no criminal, civil and administrative cases should be filed against her.
The show cause order noted that Escarda while acting municipal treasurer of Isabela, without authority from the mayor or national government, removed P2,600,000 in cash and P3,800,000 in checks from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Isabela and brought them to her home in Bacolod City where they were allegedly lost.
Based on an examination conducted by the Commission on Audit dated January 31, Escarda’s cash and accounts as acting municipal treasurer also showed irregularities, Diaz said.
Collections amounting to P6,629,146.18 were undeposited as of January 20, and P972,000 in cash advances remained unliquidated as of cut-off date, the COA noted.
Escarda is currently assigned at the Provincial Treasurer’s Office but will not be allowed to have anything to do with collections, cash remittances or payouts, Diaz said.
She will be given due process to explain everything that transpired, he added.*