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P2M non-dev’t projects in Pandan, Catanduanes charged to dev’t fund

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At least P2.005 million projects in the municipality of Pandan in Catanduanes were improperly charged to the development fund in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said some P2,005,556.2 in projects were not among those considered as development projects allowable to be charged against the development fund.

These projects include a construction of a school comfort room, establishment of a municipal cemetery, improvement of slaughterhouse, roof framing of stage ground, repair of school building, provision of farm inputs, poultry production, cooperative development, among others.

The auditors said these items should have been charged to the general fund.

“The purpose of the fund was defeated, thereby the desired socio-economic development and environmental management outcomes for the constituents were not completely attained,” the auditors said.

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 COA urged municipal mayor Joseph Wong that only the classified development projects be prioritized to be charged against the 20 percent development fund. The management vowed to comply with the audit recommendation.