The physical inventory of available rice stocks kept at the warehouse of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will start Friday.

The physical count will include the stocks of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and those that belong to the CSWDO.

Atty. Mary Joan Montaño, head of the Internal Audit Service Office of the city government, led a team that conducted an inspection of the warehouse. The accounting was not immediately executed due to the lack of manpower.

The probe on available supply was carried out following an information reaching the office of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog that rice stocks were pulled out from the warehouse and were sold in several stores in the city.

Mabilog on April 18 signed Executive Order 36 creating an ad hoc committee that will conduct the inventory.

Montaño said that they have to devise a strategy to fast-track the physical count. Also, they will seek documents from other concerned agencies to determine the veracity of records that will be provided by the CSWDO.

Although the allegation was focused on rice stocks, Montaño said that they would also include other relief goods kept in the warehouse.

An initial inventory showed that the city has 35 sacks and 12 kilos left of its rice stocks.

Meantime, to avoid possible tampering of evidences, the inspection team changed the three padlocks of the warehouse. The spare keys are now in the possession of CSWDO supply officer Mario Mahinay.

Joining Montaño in today’s inspection were Engr. Eduardo Vargas Jr., of General Services Office (GSO), Edsel Muyuela of City Accounting Office and Precious Hope Morante and Norwain Diaz, both from the City Legal Office. (PNA) PGL