Igisomar seeks Atalig help to create DPL Operations Fund account


Public Lands Secretary Sixto K. Igisomar has sought the assistance of Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig to bring DPL into compliance with a public law that requires the creation of a DPL Operations Fund account.

In his letter to Atalig, Igisomar related that DPL’s auditor has been citing DPL year after year for not having an operations account as required under Public Law 15-02. This has prompted Igisomar to ask Atalig to help him make DPL come into compliance with the law to avoid this finding in future audits.

In its latest report last December, Deloitte and Touche, an independent auditor hired by the Office of the Public Auditor to look into DPL’s finances for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2019, found that DPL is noncompliant with P.L. 15-02.

Deloitte said that, without that DPL Operations Fund, DPL is unable to produce reliable and relevant financial information.

The DPL Operations Fund—as required by P.L. 15-02—shall be maintained by Finance and DPL is required to deposit all revenues it receives in such Fund and all of DPL’s operational expenses shall be paid from that Fund.

Igisomar said that in reviewing correspondences on this matter between the previous Finance secretary and his (Igisomar’s) predecessors, it appears they were at the tail end of establishing the “DPL Operations Fund account by adding Finance as a co-holder of DPL’s existing accounts at the Bank of Guam. However, Igisomar said, that process was not completed for unknown reasons.

Igisomar said DPL intends to comply with the law and he acknowledges it provides Finance the authority to maintain the account.

He recognized that DPL cannot unilaterally restructure its existing accounts to name Finance as an account co-holder with DPL as the expenditure authority.

Igisomar requested Atalig to help in completing the process of transforming DPL’s existing accounts at BOG to serve as the “DPL Operations Fund” account.

If Atalig has a more efficient alternative to establishing DPL’s operations fund account, Igisomar said they are open to discussing it.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com
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