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CamSur municipality fails to implement P11.3M dev’t projects

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The municipal government of Bato in Camarines Sur failed to implement at least P11.3 million worth of development projects financed under the Economic Development Fund for the year 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said of the 20 development projects worth P18.59 million under the 20 percent Economic Development Fund, at least 11 projects worth P11.3 million were not yet implemented.

There are five projects worth P5.195 million which are ongoing construction, while only four projects worth P2.089 million were completed.

“Based on the foregoing, 11 out of 20 or a significant 55 percent of the total number of development projects programmed for CY 2015 were not implemented,” the auditors reported.

The unimplemented projects include livestock farming development projects, tree planting and urban greening, construction of warehouse for palay seeds, fertilizer and other agricultural products, development of Lake Bato Ecotourism Park, procurement of brand new mini dump truck and brand new mini payloader, among others.

The projects undergoing construction are: concreting of municipal roads, financial grant to 33 barangays, livelihood development projects, solid waste management program and Lake Bato resource management program.

The projects that were completed include installation of lighting facilities, construction of perimeter fence around the sanitary landfill, purchase of post-harvest facilities, trans-planters and threshers, and improvement of Task Force Karagatan headquarters.

The delay in implementation of the projects deprived the constituents of the benefits that could have been derived from the fund, auditors said.

“The partial utilization of the fund resulted to non-achievement of the purpose for which it was established to the disadvantage of the residents,” the auditors reported.

Municipal mayor Jeanette Bernaldez told the auditors that she would find a solution to fast track the implementation of the development projects.

The COA recommended that the municipal government fully implement the uncompleted projects and instruct the municipal engineering, planning and budget officers to coordinate closely in monitoring the implementation of the Economic Development Fund projects.