The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is not classified as a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) and, thus, does not have any perks.
OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon said this yesterday, saying the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has itself classified the OWWA as a national government agency, or NGA.
“Further, the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GCGOCC) has said that the “OWWA, not being vested with corporate powers vested by P.D. 1694, is not a GICP/GCE and does not fall within the coverage of R.A. 10149,” said Dimzon, adding:
“The GOCC has communicated this through a letter to the Commission on Audit (COA) on 16 July 2013, and furnished DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz a copy of the said letter.
Dimzon made the clarification in the light of published newspaper reports including the OWWA as one of 31 GOCCs being asked by the COA to return alleged unauthorized bonuses and allowances paid their officials and employees in 2012.
“OWWA officials and employees did not receive any bonus or allowance not authorized by the government for NGAs. The OWWA, as an NGA, is governed by DBM guidelines on bonuses, allowances, and other benefits,” Administrator Dimzon explained.
To verify the reports and the OWWA’s inclusion in the COA list, and to also clarify which bonus the OWWA had granted in 2012 is excessive and unauthorized, Dimzon said she and her officials had already met with the OWWA’s resident COA auditor.