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Gender dev’t funds lacking in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

Jan 27, 2017 @ 13:40

The municipal government of Sta. Cruz in Marinduque failed to appropriate the required amount for its gender and development (GAD) fund in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the total GAD fund only amounted to P4.864 million, lower than the required five percent of the annual budget.

This means the GAD fund should have amounted to P7,734,208.65, or five percent of its total Annual Budget of P154,684,172.96.

The auditors also found out that the GAD fund was spent for the following projects which failed to promote gender development – Family Day of SCMEA Employees; Establishment of E-Center; Purchase of Office Supplies for Tourism Office; Culture Arts Development – National and Local Celebration; Municipal Sports and Development Activities; Purchase of Anti-Rabies Vaccine; Purchase of Municipal Official and Athletes Uniform; Drugs and medicine; Basic health services, Aid to indigent families; Incentive to winning coaches and athletes.

“It shows that the agency has not yet complied with the mandatory requirement of law to include programs/projects/activities in the annual budget or annual investment plan of the agency which will promote and protect rights of women in the society,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Wilfredo Red to instruct the Municipal Social Work and Development Officer and GAD Focal Person to observe a 2014 joint circular in the preparation of the GAD Plan and Budget and Annual GAD Accomplishment Report.

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