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Cainta faulted over flaws in local GAD execution

Oct 28, 2019 @ 12:50

by Allan Yves Briones

Poor planning and budgeting made for quite the unfortunate combination in Cainta, Rizal, which have allegedly deprived its constituents of numerous benefits from the P69.46 million Gender and Development (GAD) fund.

According to the 2018 Annual Audit Report by the Commission on Audit (COA), the municipal government of Cainta, in several instances, failed to properly utilize its sizeable fund, while overspending in others.

State auditors discovered P5 million allocated for local livelihood projects which posted low utilization rates, despite being handled by the municipality’s top men.

Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the Municipality of Cainta

“The foregoing conditions clearly show that the GAD Plan was not strictly followed in the implementation of GAD related activities of the Municipality, thus the gender issues and concerns of its intended recipients were not fully addressed as planned, to the disadvantage of the targeted beneficiaries,” COA stated in the report.

Audit records also revealed overspending totaling P665,698 in three GAD programs resulting from the municipality’s poor planning and budgeting.

Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the Municipality of Cainta

One program, which set back the municipal government P850,000, was even left unimplemented altogether, pertaining to the “Social Protection Program” also managed by the Office of the Mayor.

The state auditing agency tasked Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto to require his GAD point person to ensure that all programs, projects and activities for the year are properly planned and implemented.

In the report, Cainta officials assured compliance with COA’s recommendations.

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