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Mt. Province capitol uses disaster risk reduction funds to buy P3.2M coaster – COA

Jul 19, 2016 @ 8:59

The provincial government of Mountain Province used its disaster risk reduction funds to purchase a P3.2 million coaster bus which was only being used for official travels, state auditors said.

In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said items not related to disater risk reduction and management activities amounting to P4.45 million were instead charged to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund (LDRRMF) which is a violation of a Department of Interior and Local Government memorandum circular and the DRRM Act.

Among the other items charged to the edisaster risk reduction fund not related to natural disasters and calamities were: JAC Coaster Bus worth P3.198 million; payment of overtime pay of PDRRMO staff in the preparation of documents for the Gawad Kalasag Award; IT equipment and furniture; repair and maintenance of various vehicles; fuel expenses, and meals and snacks.

State auditors said the coaster bus was only being used for official travels.

“The above expnses are not among the programs, projects and activities identified in the (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010) … to be funded under the DRRM fund,” the report read.

The state auditors said the use of the disaster risk reduction fund for other purposes “defeats the purpose of appropriating funds for disaster risk reducation management activities.”

The COA recommended the provincial government led by its governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. to use the LDRRM fund for disaster risk reduction management activities as mandated by law.

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