P1.185M gender funds unimplemented in Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur
The municipal government of Nagbukel in Ilocos Sur failed to implement P1.185 million worth of gender and development (GAD) funds in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipal government appropriated P1,838,498.00 for GAD projects/programs/activities, of which only P653,000 was utilized.
Auditors said the savings from the fully implemented projects/programs/activities amounted to P498 only, leaving an unimplemented balance excluding savings of P1,185,000.
Auditors added that only five of the nine GAD projects were fully accomplished in 2015.
Among the unimplemented projects are – construction of a two-storey building, STI/HIV and AIDS prevention program, construction of a drainage system, and the operation and maintenance of a day care center.
“As a result, the municipality did not contribute fully to the attainment of the national government’s objective of addressing gender issues and promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality in the country,” the auditors said.
The COA urged municipal mayor Timoteo Cabrera to fully implement programs and projects funded under the GAD Plan to fully address the gender issues and problems of the constituents.
The implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act 9170 or the Magna Carta of Women mandate the five percent appropriation for the GAD fund.
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