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Calabarzon lead LGUs who have deficient disaster reduction funds claims

Apr 8, 2017 @ 11:30

Calabarzon region lead the country’s local government units (LGU) which failed to properly document their disbursement, claims and procurement of its disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) projects.

In its 2015 consolidated report on the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) fund, the Commission on Audit (COA) said disbursements, claims or the procurement of DRRM projects worth P19,355,076.35 in 12 LGUs were not supported with the required documents and other requirements.

This runs counter Section 4.6 of Presidential Decree 1445, which states that, “claims against government funds shall be supported with complete documentation.”

The failure of the LGUs to properly claim their reimbursement “thus render(ed) the validity and propriety of claims doubtful,” COA said.

Region IV-A comprised of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces lead with the biggest bulk of DRRM fund not properly documented amounting to P5,394,840.

This was followed by the National Capital Region with not properly documented claims worth P4,526,745, Region VI (Western Visayas) with P2,553,987, Region I (Ilocos) with P2.5 million, Region V (Bicol) with P2.5 million, Negros Island Region with P1 million, Region XI (Davao) with P645,000, Region X (Northern Mindanao) with P203,049.85, and Region VII (Central Visayas) with P31,454.5 improperly documented claims.

“The failure of the above-listed LGUs to submit the required supporting documents is not consistent with the principle on transparency and accountability which rendered doubtful the reliability of the financial data on disaster funds,” COA said.

The COA recommended to the mayors to ensure complete documentation before processing disbursements and liquidation of cash advances in compliance with Section 4(6) of PD 1445.

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