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COA calls out Guimbal for delayed projects, underspending

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has called the attention of the municipal government of Guimbal in Iloilo province for its slow implementation of various projects funded by the national government in 2018.

The state auditors said the local government also failed to monitor these government projects.

The practice violated the provisions of the Auditing Code of the Philippines, COA said in their annual report on Guimbal’s financial transactions.

“(This is) contrary to the declared policy of the state in the management and utilization of its resources, of securing it against loss or wastage and ensuring efficiency and economy in the operations of government,” the COA report read.

The auditors likewise urged the mayor to direct the municipal hall officials to expedite the implementation of the Bottom-up Budgeting projects. (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/guimbal-hit-for-slow-project-implementation/)

COA also questioned Guimbal’s low utilization of its 20 percent Development Fund.

The low fund utilization “deprived the constituents of fully availing the benefits which should have derived from developmental projects,” they said.

Concerned town officials are directed to revisit the projects funded by the 20 percent Development Fund and properly identify the projects to be funded by such fund.