Masbate municipality fails to implement development fund projects
The municipal government of San Jacinto in Masbate failed to implement several programs, projects and activities despite the availability of its 20 percent development fund, state auditors said.
In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipal government allotted P14.097 million for the following programs, projects and activities in its 20 percent development fund – health care services program, social welfare services and development projects, water facility projects, local economic development project for agriculture, barangay development projects, concreting of barangay roads and municipal streets, construction of new public markets, among others.
According to the annual accomplishment report, only three of sixteen planned projects, programs and activities were almost or nearly completed as of end of 2015.
Meanwhile, nine projects were partially completed while four were not at all implemented despite the availability of the development funds, state auditors reported.
The projects not implemented include concretion of barangay roads, municipal streets, construction of public markets, and improvement of the view deck.
“Had the programs/projects/activities funded from out of the 20 percent development fund been implemented as planned… the agency’s objective which is to enhance the socio-economic conditions of its constituents could have been attained,” the auditors reported.
The COA recommended to the municipal government led by its mayor Leny Arcenas to undertake measures to ensure that the projects sourced from the development fund be fully implemented as planned.
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