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Sayang lang: P3.6M dev’t funds in Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur left to dust

Nov 21, 2016 @ 19:25

The municipal government of Lidlidda in Ilocos Sur failed to utilize P3,657,884.33 of its development funds in 2015, depriving the constituents of the benefits from the fund, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipal government was not able to utilize P3,657,884.33 or 56.74 percent of the total development fund of P6,446,181.

Among the projects which were not fully optimized are – rehabilitation of municipal potable water system; installation/maintenance of street lighting system along municipal roads; construction of temporary evacuation center; construction of Baracbac Irrigation Dam; rehabilitation of municipal roads and bridges; reforestation and urban greening; rehabilitation of controlled dumpsites and material recovery facility; among others.

“The under spending of the fund for the year deprived the constituents of more responsive delivery of social, economic and environmental programs that could be beneficial to them,” the auditors said.

The municipal government justified that some projects were not implemented because these are counterparts to Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) projects, and that the local government unit has yet to receive the BUB funds.

But other unimplemented projects were forwarded on the current year as continuing appropriation and are now being implemented, the auditors were told.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Jesus Sagay to monitor the full implementation of the development fund in order to guarantee its optimal utilization.

The auditors said the full implementation of development fund would demonstrate that the municipality is more responsive in addressing the social, economic and the environmental development needs of the constituents.

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 a joint circular.

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