Tinimbang ngunit kulang! Dev’t fund in Paoay, Ilocos Norte short by P500K
The municipal government of Paoay in Ilocos Norte shortchanged its constituents of development funds in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality’s appropriations for the 20 percent development fund was short of P533,105.6, which is not in accordance with the local budget memorandum circular.
The local government unit received a total internal revenue allotment (IRA) of P60,820,528, and the development fund should have amounted to 20 percent of this or P12,164,105.6.
But the LGU only appropriated P11,631,000, or short of the required development fund by P533,105.60.
Auditors added that of the 21 programs, projects and activities in the Annual Investment Plan, five were fully implemented, seven were partially implemented and nine were not implemented, “thus depriving the supposed beneficiaries of the benefits that could have been derived therefrom.”
“The LGU did not implement all the programs/projects/activities embodied in the Annual Investment Plan under the 20 percent Development Fund,” the auditors said.
Auditors said of the total amount of P11.631 million development fund, only P4,961,043.10 or 42.65 percent was used and P6,669,956.90 or 57.35 percent remained unutilized as of year-end.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Dolores Clemente to strictly adhere with the provisions of its local budget circular when it comes to the implementation of the development projects, as well as implement all the projects stated in the Annual Investment Plan in order to fully attain the purpose for which the fund was created.
The management vowed to comply with the audit recommendations.
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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