Cainta comes up short in P48M infra push
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) advised the municipality of Cainta, Rizal to get its ducks in a row, after an audit revealed it failed to implement 19 projects amounting to P48.3 million in 2018.
“The non and/or delayed implementation of the planned development projects affected the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Municipality in the delivery of basic services and facilities to its constituents, and the desirable socio-economic development in the locality was not attained,” COA stated in its 2018 annual audit report.
According to audit records, in 2018, the municipal government of Cainta appropriated P120.65 million for its 20% Development Fund for the implementation of various programs, projects and activities.
However, out of the total budget, the state auditing agency discovered that only 49 percent was utilized.
Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the Municipality of Cainta
Unimplemented projects count within its ranks three road networks, two health facilities and three flood control systems which allegedly deprived Cainta’s constituents of their potential benefits.
“Due to inadequate planning of the concerned Municipality officials, the priority development projects of the Municipality for CY 2018 were not fully implemented,” COA said.
Cainta’s failure to carry out its planned infrastructure projects constitutes a violation of Section 5 of DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-1 which mandates that the local chief executive be responsible for ensuring the optimal utilization of his 20% Development Fund.
COA ordered Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto to direct the Municipal Engineer to “vigorously pursue” the timely and full implementation of the municipality’s planned infrastructure projects.
In the report, Cainta officials explained that 11 of the aforementioned projects were completed by May 2019, committing to facilitate the immediate completion of the rest programmed under the 2018 budget.
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