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COA asks Oriental Mindoro to step up DRRM efforts

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by Allan Yves Briones

In disaster-prone Oriental Mindoro, the Commission on Audit (COA) asked officials of the provincial government to ensure full utilization of their local disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) efforts.

“The allocated fund of the Province could have provided the local communities of infrastructure projects designed to protect them against natural disasters,” COA stated in the 2018 annual audit report.

According to state auditors, there were 15 unimplemented programs, projects and activities (PPA) totaling P38.22 million recorded in the provincial government’s books.

In 2018, against a total of P234.15 million available Local DRRM Fund (LDRRMF), only 24 percent was utilized, leaving a balance of P177.52 idle by the year’s end.

Local officials explained the non-implementation of key DRRM projects as resulting from unresolved issues with the Department of Science and Technology regarding the installation of water level monitoring systems, rain gauges and signages.

In addition, insufficiency of fund, non-preparation of programs of work inhibited the implementation of projects which reportedly could have aided the province.

“Considering that the Province is one of the areas prone to violent typhoons, destructive floods, and countless other natural disasters, there is a need that utilization of LDRRMF be maximized,” COA added.

COA called on the Provincial Engineer to facilitate the implementation of the DRRM projects.

The LDRRM Officer and the OIC Provincial Engineer, as stated in the report, both assured the projects’ implementation. #