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P13M dev’t projects in Virac, Catanduanes unimplemented

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State auditors scored the municipal government of Virac in Catanduanes for its dismal performance in implementing economic development projects.

In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said there was a “minimal implementation” of the municipality’s 20 percent economic development fund.

The auditors’ review of the accomplishment report revealed that out of the 73 development projects, 40 projects worth P9.814 million were implemented, three projects worth P800,000 were partially implemented, and 30 projects worth P13.842 million were unimplemented.

This means the local government unit only achieved a 55 percent accomplishment rate, which was a “dismal percentage of accomplishment and not consistent with the intention of Section 287 of the Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines,” the auditors said.

The unimplemented projects include the construction of a four multi-purpose drying pavements, a municipal food termina project, road concreting and road shouldering projects, construction of health centers and day care centers, construction and renovation of multi-purpose halls, construction and rehabilitation of drainage canals, among others.

The auditors said the Local Government Code mandates the LGU to appropriate 20 percent of its internal revenue allotment for economic development projects.

The COA recommended that the municipal government led by its mayor Flerida Alberto to direct the municipal planning officer, municipal engineer, municipal agriculturists, chairperson of the Bids and Awards Committee, and all department heads to harmonize its efforts to fully implement the economic development fund.