P5.6M dev’t projects unimplemented in Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
The municipal government of Quezon in Nueva Vizcaya failed to implement 13 of its development fund projects in 2016, depriving the constituents of the benefits from the projects, state auditors said.
In its annual audit report that ended in 2016, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the local government unit did not fully implement and deliver 13 of 26 development projects budgeted for the calendar year 2016, thus the intended beneficiaries were deprived of the timely utilization of the projects.
The following projects worth P5,672,036.62 have not yet started – health program, construction of gymnatorium Phase III, construction of multipurpose shed, potable water system, payment of loan amortization farm tractor, repair and maintenance of irrigation system, and a corn program under the Bottom Up Budgeting.
The following projects worth P2.96 million are ongoing – Agricultural Development Program, Solid Waste Management Program, maintenance of local roads, construction of Municipal Green House, and the Forest Management Program.
At least P6,060,001.98 worth of projects have been completed as of end of 2016.
“The delay in the implementation of these projects deprived the intended beneficiaries of the timely utilization thereof,” COA said.
The COA recommended to the municipal mayor Dolores Binwag to ensure the implementation of all programmed projects during each budget year so as to optimize the utilization of the development fund as mandated under DILG-DBM Joint Circular No. 2011-1.
The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute to the attainment of desirable socio-economic development and environmental management outcomes, and should partake the nature of investment or capital expenditures, according to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2011-1.
According to Section 287 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code: “Each local government units shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than twenty percent (20%) of its annual internal revenue allotment for development projects.”
In its comment, the municipality justified that the delay of implementation of projects was due to election ban and the transition period of the new administration.
The projects were already under the process of public bidding, the municipality informed the auditors.
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