Monday, March 27, 2017

Besao LGU in Mt. Province fails to implement 14 disaster reduction projects

The municipal government of Besao in Mountain Province in 2016 failed to implement 14 its 17 disaster risk reduction and management projects, state auditors said.

In its annual audit report that ended in 2016, the Commission on Audit (COA) said only three of the 17 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM) infrastructure projects were bidded out and implemented as of year-end.

This therefore “defeat(ed) the purpose of the fund for disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery,” auditors said.

The Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF) is equivalent to five percent of the estimated revenue from all sources established to support disaster risk management activities such as, prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery, the COA said.

Auditors said the local government unit in 2016 appropriated P7,068,293.44 in DRRM fund, of which a total of P4,296,771.10 was allotted for the construction and rehabilitation of 17 infrastructure projects.

According to a report from the Municipal Engineer, only three LDRRM projects for the current year were bidded and implemented as of year-end, two of which were implemented while one was 98 percent completed.

The remaining 14 projects unimplemented consisted of ripraps, drainage canals, roads and water system, auditors said.

The failure of the municipality to implement the projects defeated the purpose of the fund, auditors said.

“The delayed implementation of the above DRRM infrastructure projects not only piles up the workload of the implementing office but might render the programs, projects anda activities irrelevant or of less priority in the ensuing year,” the COA said.

“Moreover, the non-implementation of these projects defeats the purpose of the LDRRM fund,” the COA added.

The municipal engineer and the DRRM Officer explained that some of the identified DRRM projects in the Investment Plan were prioritized for implementation.

The implementation of these projects were delayed because of issues on miscommunications, area problems, the need for re-programming and insufficiency of fund, the local government unit said.

The COA recommended to the municipal mayor Johnson Bantog II to evaluate the remaining unimplemented projects if these are still priority concerns, as well as address the issues on miscommunication and area problems.

The COA also recommended to fast track the implementation of the DRRM projects to achieve the purpose for which the fund was appropriated.

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