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Calabarzon lead LGUs which misspent disaster risk reduction funds

Apr 7, 2017 @ 21:23

The Calabarzon region lead the 124 local government units (LGU) which spent around P245 million of its local disaster risk reduction and management fund (LDRRMF) for projects and activities which are not disaster risk management related, state auditors said.

In its consolidated report on the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) fund, the Commission on Audit (COA) said P244,996,732.95 LDRRM fund spent by 124 LGUs from 16 regions was spent for activities which are not disaster risk management related.

These activities should have been charged against the regular appropriations of the LGUs, COA said.

Region IV-A comprised of the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) provinces lead the biggest bulk of LDRRM fund at P56,717,782.82 misspent by 19 local government units.

This was followed by:

11 LGUs from Region V (Bicol) – P54,705,099.34
Eight LGUs from Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)- P44,759,945.51
Three LGUs from Region III (Central Luzon) – P26,655,670.64
Eight LGUs from Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) – P23,027,259.57
11 LGUs from Cordillera Administrative Region – P13,680,000
19 LGUs from Region VI (Western Visayas) – P9,980,467.38
11 LGUs from Region I (Ilocos) – P4,409,419
Six LGUs from Region XIII (Caraga) – P3,954,101.29
One LGU from Region IV-B (Mimaropa) – P1,624,548
Six LGUs from the Negros Island Region – P1,584,670.07
Four LGUs from Region X (Northern Mindanao) – P1,532,057.02
Three LGUs from Region VII (Central Visayas) – P1,217,956.57
Six LGUs from Region XI (Davao) – P601,158.91
One LGU from National Capital Region – P546,596.83
Seven LGUs from Region II (Cagayan Valley) – no amount indicated
This violates a Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2012-73 which states that, “The LDRRMF is to be used for disaster risk management activities, support to other affected LGUs and quick response fund or stand-by fund for relief and recovery programs.”

“Thus said expenses/transactions of the following LGUs are considered irregular,” COA said.

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