Silang buoyed in priority infra projects thrust
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) roused the municipal government of Silang, Cavite in an attempt to jumpstart the stalled implementation of several development projects in the area.
In 2018, the municipality had a total budget of P85.62 million under its 20% Development Fund, of which P74.64 million was implemented.
Among the big-ticket are the P10 million purchase of land for socialized housing, the implementation of solid waste management and the implementation of a barangay initiative program, which set back the municipality P19.2 million last year.
However, the state auditing agency reminded the municipal government that some more work needs to be done to fully accomplish their goals, citing Section 5 of DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No, 2017-1.
According to audit records, five priority projects were left not implemented, depriving the municipality’s constituents of the optimal utilization of their taxes:
Anti-Drug Abuse/Rehabilitation Program – P4.28 million
Rehabilitation/Improvement of Public Rest Area – P2.2 million
Installation of CCTV cameras – P3 million
Livelihood/Entrepreneurship/Local Dev’t Programs – P1 million
Construction of Waiting Shed – P500,000
The Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, as stated in the report, explained that projects were not implemented because the project sites were not yet ready.
“The non-implementation of the aforementioned proposed and approved development programs and projects hindered the full attainment of the desired socio-economic development and environmental outcomes and deprived the target constituents of the benefits that could have derived therefrom,” COA reminded.
State auditors advised Silang Mayor Socorro Poblete to remember her responsibility to fully utilize the municipality’s resources in delivering basic social services to her constituents.
Silang officials commented that they will continue to exert efforts to fully comply with COA’s recommendations.
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