P4.3M dev’t projects in Siruma, CamSur left to dust


At least P4.3 million worth of development projects in the municipality of Siruma in Camarines Sur were not implemented by the end of 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the inability of the municipality to implement 29 projects worth P4,307,900.32 million “deprived the constituents of the benefits that could have been derived therefrom.”

The 29 unimplemented projects include – construction of potable water supply, core local roads, implementation of livelihood projects, construction of sanitary landfill and material recovery devices, among others.

There was also P639,978.47 development fund misspent for the repair and maintenance of an office building, even though this does not fall within the purview of socioeconomic development, investment or capital expenditure, the auditors said.

“The non-utilization or improper of the fund resulted to the non-achievement f the purpose for which it was established, to the disadvantage of the constituents,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Carina Polinga to have his municipal officials monitor the implementation of the projects funded from the development fund, to attain the optimal socioeconomic development and environmental management outcomes from the fund.

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 the joint memorandum circular.

According to Section 287 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code: “Each local government units shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than twenty percent (20%) of its annual internal revenue allotment for development projects.”