CAGAYAN de Oro City opposition councilor Leon Gan is urging the City Council to investigate the City Government's "turtle-paced liquidation of funds" earmarked by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its social programs in the city.
Gan said it’s no longer a surprise upon learning that the city appeared in the DSWD's "shame list" of cities in the country which have failed to diligently submits liquidation reports.
"Expected nani nga ma-include ang syudad sa 'shame list' and nothing to be surprised because we know how the City Government is acting with regards sa funding from the national agencies," Gan said.
The DSWD-Northern Mindanao confirmed that the City Government has an unliquidated balance of nearly P10 million for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for the last six years that must be completed before this year ends so DSWD could download additional funds for the said program.
The DSWD regional office also said the LGU of Cagayan de Oro also lacks liquidation for its social pension program for senior citizens.
Gan rails against the present administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno for the slow liquidation reports which adversely affect the delivery of social services.
The city council's minority floor leader said the beneficiaries of the DSWD programs are the ones affected since the program had been hampered and curtailed.
Gan insisted that the Moreno administration should abide and prove that it is sincere to its words of giving the best service to the people.
"Ang looy ani is ang mga beneficiaries sa mga programa kay maundang ang serbisyo. Kung pwede pa lang makasuhan sa national government agencies ngano wala ma-liquidate contrary to the agreement," Gan said.
Gan said what the City Council can do now is to probe and allow the city government to explain the issue.
Conucilor Reuben Daba, chairman of the committee on social services, said the body is set to hear the issue during next week's committee meeting.
Daba said the DSWD regional office will be invited to reconcile records and plot strategies to easily liquidate the funds.
"I-invite nato and DSWD-10 (Northern Mindano) to settle records and then maghimo og process nga sayon mag-liquidate unya sila updated pud kung asa taman na ang ilang gihatag," Daba said.
Joan Mae Acraman, oversight member for Early Childhood Care and Development of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD), said as far as their record is concerned, the unliquidated balance is only P7.7 million.
"Kani is continuing program ni until ma-rehab nato ang bata. Naa na lang ta sa P7 million which is naa napud schedule pud ana nga until December mahuman ang feeding," Acraman said.
"How can we liquidate kung dili pa namo mahuman ang implementation sa program," Acraman added.
Daba explained that one of the problems for the liquidation is said to be the procurement of food.
"Ang kada bata is P15 ra ang budget times 120 days ang pagpakaon, mag-fluctuate pa presyo sa mga palaliton. Lisod diha sa bahin sa procurement," Daba said.
"Unta masabtan sa DSWD ang kalisod diha sa procurement nga usahay makalangan gyud. Sila man ang inahan sa CSWD unta sila pud ang mosabot nga dili mi ka-liquidate kung wala pa nahuman," Daba added.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 06, 2017.