97.39% of funds meant for roads, health services, typhoon assistance unutilized in Velasco-led Marinduque – COA
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) assailed Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. for failing to utilize the P34.21 million budget provided for the provision of, among others, health services and supplies, assistance to typhoon victims and road projects.
Under Section 17 of RA No. 7160, local governments are responsible for being the “implementing agency for projects, facilities, programs and facilities” which benefit their constituency.
According to the audit report, the purpose of the funds was for upgrading various provincial roads, constructing emergency shelters and the formulation of sustainable livelihood programs, among others. All of which were expected to be completed within the year of the granting of the fund.
However, according to state auditors, due to “poor implementation and lack of effort in monitoring”, a number of the projects were delayed, affecting the delivery of the facilities to the public and deprived its intended beneficiaries from their positive impact.
The commission recommended that the province’s accounting department take steps to evaluate the massive unutilized accounts and consider remedies so that the funds would be available for use by the province.
Governor Presbiteo Velasco Jr. is the father of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco who is set to inherit the House Speaker position under the term-sharing deal with Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano who is currently serving as speaker. #