Carcar spent only P11.7M of P50.6M allotted for projects-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
THE City Government of Carcar did not utilize its total appropriation for the 20 percent development fund amounting to P50.6 million, said the Commission on Audit.
In its annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that out of the appropriated P50.6 million for the 20 percent development fund, only P11.7 million was spent for 21 projects from January to December last year.
A balance of P38.9 million from the 20 percent development fund remains unspent.
Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura said unimplemented projects funded from the 20 percent development fund were often scheduled on the following year due to some documents that need to be prepared.
COA said the Carcar City Government listed 46 projects to be funded by the 20 percent development fund.
But on verification of the Status of Allotment, Obligation and Balance (SAAOB), COA found that only 21 were implemented.
State auditors said P22.2 million was appropriated for projects related to economic services. But only P7.4 million was spent last year, with an unobligated balance of P14.8 million.
Close to P24 million was appropriated for projects related to social services but only P1.6 million was spent for the whole year, leaving a balance of P22.1 million.
While P4.7 million was appropriated for general services, only P2.7 million was spent.
The balance of P1.9 million has yet to be utilized.
State auditors recommended to the City to prioritize the implementation of projects funded from the 20 percent development fund.
“The constituents of the city could have enjoyed the benefits that could be derived from the projects if the city implemented them,” COA said.
In his written response to COA, Apura said the 21 projects worth P11.7 million were scheduled for implementation in last year’s first quarter.
He said projects scheduled for the third and fourth quarters are usually implemented on the following year for reasons of documentary compliance, such as clearances from national agencies, before it is scheduled for bidding.
Apura said that even bidding schedules sometimes fail due to the absence of bidders. Rescheduling the bidding takes days, he said.
Based on the status of implementation of prior year recommendations, the Carcar City government was able to implement one out of nine recommendations.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.