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Danilo Suarez concerned over inefficiency of line agencies

Jul 20, 2018 @ 13:07

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez is worried about the “efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies in implementing projects and programs” after the significant government increase in spending in the past two years.

The Quezon politko cited how government agencies have not been able to use most of their annual budget despite their huge allocations.

Suarez cited the Public Works and the Social Welfare departments for their delays in project implementation.

“As an example, we have appropriated P662.69 billion for the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2017. However, as reported by the Commission on Audit, the agency was not able to utilize 66.4 percent or P440 billion of this allocated budget. CoA cited the delay and non-implementation of infrastructure projects as the primary reason for the department’s low fund disbursement,” he said. “We expected the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program to be the primary driver of government spending. It seems that bureaucratic bottlenecks have stalled this program.”

“Even the Department of Social Welfare and Development is being complained about for delayed delivery of services, particularly at times of calamities. There are issues of expired relief goods in the agency due to failure of urgent distribution,” Suarez added.

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