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Farinas vice mayor in hot water over wasted construction materials

Sep 20, 2015 @ 11:15

The Laoag city vice mayor from the Farinas political clan supposedly delivered P7.049 million worth of construction materials to barangays without even monitoring if these were received or not.

According to the 2014 report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on Laoag city, Vice Mayor Chevylle Farinas and the city council delivered construction materials and supplies such as cements, jetmatic pumps and paints to different barangays in 2014 even though these were not even requested by the village officials.

The report also said no construction materials were acknowledged by the recipients. It added that the necessity for the materials is doubtful because the village officials did not even request for such materials.

“The receipt is doubtful because of lack of acknowledgement receipts by the recipient barangays. Moreover, verification of the books of the barangays revealed that no construction materials and supplies inventory were recognized and no labor only expenses were disbursed,” the report said.

COA also said “no monitoring or inspection was done to confirm the implementation of the projects supposedly needed by the barangays.”

“Hence, government funds may have been wasted and that the benefits accruing to the barangays may not have been fully utilized,” the report said.

COA then suggested that the Laoag city vice mayor’s office should transfer the duty of delivering supplies to the appropriate office which is the General Services Office.

The audit agency also suggested to barangay officials to write a request to the city vice mayor and city council for construction materials accompanied by a program of work.

Vice Mayor Farinas is the wife of Laoag Mayor Michael Farinas, who is the brother of incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Farinas.

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