Pasay city gov’t fails to optimize P127M dev’t fund

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The Pasay city government failed to optimize its use of its development fund, implementing only six amounting to P75.283 million in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said of the ten projects programmed in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) with a total project cost of P127 million, only six with contract cost of P75,283,014.05 were actually implemented.

This meant that “the purpose of undertaking desirable socio-economic development and environmental projects were not completely attained,” the auditors said.

Among the projects not implemented were – purchase and installation of two elevator units at PCGH; purchase of lot for Ventanilla Health Center; and purchase of two units dump trucks.

“From the data above, only four of the six implemented projects were 100 percent completed as of year-end, while the other two were partially completed,” the auditors said.

“On the other hand, of the four unimplemented projects in 2015, one was implemented in the immediately preceding year charged to the Continuing Appropriation and the other three with a total project cost of P35,000,000 were not implemented as shown in the List of Infrastructures for CY 2015,” the auditors added.

The COA urged the city mayor Antonio Calixto to accelerate the implementation of the development projects in accordance with the Annual Investment Plan in order to completely achieve the desirable socio-economic development and environmental outcomes.

The COA also recommended to require the concerned city offices to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of the status and utilization of the development 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 a joint circular.