Over 1,000 NGOs get billions of Dominican taxpayers’ money
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Anticorruption Alliance (Adocco) coordinator Julio Cesar De la Rosa on Tuesday said more than 1,000 NGOs which manage billions of pesos of taxpayers’ money do so without transparency and “operate in name only.”
He said they reported several cases of grants for NGOs which didn’t comply with rendering of accounts and recommended their exclusion from next year’s budget. “It’s reason to suspect why a government agency (General Budget Office) rewards those who manage funds without proper transparency.”
De la Rosa said Adocco supports the the Economy Ministry’s recommendation to suspend the transfers of funds as a precaution, “because they present operational irregularities; the measure is suggested until the government adopts a decision.”
As many as 88 NGOs allegedly commit operational irregularities, including the Vocational Technical Education Foundation (FUNTECVO), which received RD$1.54 million; New Millennium Youth Foundation D. N. RD$1.44 million; Baní’s San Luis Gonzaga Studies Center, and the Society of Youngsters, with RD$1.0 million each.
De la Rosa stressed that there are more organizations which don’t file a financial statement as required by law. “Many of them operate in name only, sharing the address and residence of their handler.
July 5, 2016
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