THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has called out some employees and officials of the Iloilo City local government for “excessive and extravagant” travel expenses.

In a report, state auditors said 11 government employees spent P5,000 in daily hotel accommodations and P2,000 for meals during seminars outside the city. These were more than the prescribed rate of P800 per day, according to the report.

Under the law, travel expenses — half of which goes to hotel accommodation, 30% to meals and 20% to other expenses — must not exceed P800 daily.

The audit body said reimbursement claims for travel expenses in excess, though supported with documents and receipts, were not certified by the agency head as necessary.

“Non-economical spending during official travels denotes excessive and extravagant use of government funds to the disadvantage of the government,” it said. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras