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No gender dev’t code in Bula, CamSur

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The municipal government of Bula in Camarines Sur failed to make its own Gender and Development (GAD) Code in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality failed to initiate activities towards the establishment of a local GAD Code and its implementing rules and regulations.

According to a joint memorandum circular between the DILG, DBM, Neda, and the Philippine Commission on Women, all local government units should formulate and pass their GAD Code or ordinances to support its efforts in promoting women’s issues.

“The 2015 annual GAD Accomplishment Report of the LGU shows that it failed to initiate activities geared towards the establishment of a local GAD Code and its implementing rules and regulations,” the auditors said.

Auditors were told by the GAD Focal Person that the heavy workload and time constraints prevented the municipality from making its own GAD Code.

Auditors said the municipality appropriated P12,937,164.91 for its GAD fund, which was 8.55 percent of its total 2015 budget of P151,188,434.92, more than the required five percent allocation.

The LGU incurred P11,953,809.08 for the implementation of its GAD plan, activities, and projects in 2015.

“However, despite the reported GAD accomplishments, we noted in the GAD accomplishment report that the LGU failed to address one of the GAD mandates, which is the establishment of a local GAD code and its implementing rules and regulations,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the acting municipal mayor Moises Soreta to prioritize the creation of a GAD code to address all reported gender issues and concerns.

The GAD Focal Person informed the auditors that the municipality has already formulated a three-year agenda. The official also promised to prioritize the creation of a local GAD Code.