Tanay fails to fund child protection programs
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) tagged the municipal government of Tanay, Rizal a second time over its failure to fund programs of the Local Council for the Protection on Children (LCPC).
In the 2018 Annual Audit Report, the state auditing agency revealed that the municipal government failed to appropriate one percent of its internal revenue allotment (IRA), “thus (defeating) the purpose for which the fund was created, to the disadvantage of the intended beneficiaries.”
According to audit records, the municipality received P235.2 million as its share from the internal revenue allotment – a percent of which would’ve provided the LCPC P2.35 million.
Section 15 of Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 mandates that one percent of the IRA should be allocated for the implementation of LCPC’s programs, strengthened by DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2012-120 and DBM Local Budget Memorandum No. 75.
The LCPC is a council that addresses all children’s concerns, serving as an advocate of child’s rights that implements all children’s programs at the local level.
The Tanay Municipal Budget Officer admitted, as stated in the report, that there was also no list of programs attached to the municipality’s annual investment program.
COA advised Tanay Mayor Rex Tanjuatco to require his budget officer to abide by provisions of law.
According to the Municipal Budget Officer, the municipal government agreed to allocate the one percent for the implementation of LCPC’s programs.
Tanay is the 7th richest municipality, at least according to the 2018 Annual Financial Report on Local Government Units. #
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