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COA gives Caramoran town failing grade in dev’t projects

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The municipal government of Caramoran in Catanduanes failed to meet its target implementation of the 20 percent development fund, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipal government allotted P28.553 million for its development projects under the development fund according to its Annual Investment Plan.

“Verification of records and reports disclosed that the agency failed to fully implement the priority development projects aimed to contribute to the attainment of socio-economic development and environment management outcomes,” the auditors said.

The auditors said as of end 2015, the municipality was only able to complete projects worth P10.848 million while ongoing projects cost P9.451 million.

Meanwhile, the municipality left some projects unimplemented, such as the construction of a material recovery facility, rehabilitation of multi-purpose hall, rehabilitation of water system, construction of concrete drainage, among others.

The development fund or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment should contribute to the attainment of desirable socio-economic development and environmental management outcomes and should partake the nature of investment or capital expenditures, according to a joint circular.

“The agency’s failure to implement the programs/projects/activities deprived the constituents of the intended socio-economic and environment benefits that could have been derived therefrom,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Salvacion Isuela to ensure efficient planning and implementation of priority development projects.

The management vowed to comply with the audit recommendations.