Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges fails to allot enough gender dev’t fund

State auditors urged the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC) management to allot at least five percent of its total budget for gender and development (GAD) programs.

In its annual audit report that ended in 2015, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that the CSPC management appropriated P4.8 million for the implementation of its gender and development program.

The appropriation represented 3.8 percent of the total budget of P126.24 million in 2015.

The CSPC was able to achieve GAD expenditures amounting to only P1.829 million, or 1.45 percent of the total budget appropriation.

COA said while the management was able to accomplish gender and development activities, it has to allocate at least five percent of the total budget for the GAD fund.

“The College was able to undertake activities for gender and development program that resulted in improved level of GAD awareness… however, we recommended that management set its GAD budget to at least five percent of its total appropriations pursuant to its existing laws and regulations,” COA said.

According to Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women, the GAD programs should represent at least five percent of the agency’s total budget appropriation.

The general provisions of the General Appropriations Act state that the GAD program should “contribute to poverty alleviation, economic empowerment especially of marginalized women, protection, promotion and fulfillment of women’s rights, and practice of gender-responsive governance.”

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