Not enough gender dev’t budget in Libon, Albay
There was not enough budget allocated for gender and development at the municipality of Libon, Albay in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality failed to provide the sufficient amount of appropriations for its gender and development (GAD) fund in the annual budget.
The municipality also failed to prepare a GAD accomplishment report and the GAD Plan and Budget in accordance with the prescribed format, auditors said.
Auditors said the municipal government in its annual 2015 budget appropriated P6.71 million for gender and development programs, projects and activities.
But this amount represents only 4.3 percent of the total agency budget of P156,793,251.17, below the required five percent allocation for GAD.
The GAD fund should have amounted to at least five percent or P7,839,662.56.
Auditors said since there was no GAD accomplishment report prepared to facilitate efficient monitoring and assessment of GAD related programs, projects and activities, verification and validation whether or not the projects were implemented as planned could not be determined.
“The above-cited deficiencies resulted to the inadequate implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GAD related activities of the municipality,” the auditors said.
The COA urged the municipal mayor John Dycoco to strictly comply with the guidelines on GAD fund by allocating five percent of the total budget for the implementation of gender and development programs, projects and activities.
The COA also recommended the submission and preparation of the prescribed GAD Plan and Budget, and accomplishment report.
The municipality’s GAD focal person vowed to comply with the audit recommendation.
The implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act 9170 or the Magna Carta of Women mandate the five percent appropriation for the GAD fund.