COA hits CAAP over P169M unfinished projects

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for failing to finish P168.78-million worth of projects in several airports in Western Visayas and Palawan last year.

In its 2017 annual audit report, the COA said 15 out of the CAAP’s 16 infrastructure projects in Western Visayas were not implemented within the year.

All in all, the unimplemented projects involving the airports in Iloilo City; Kalibo, Aklan; Bacolod City; and Roxas City, Capiz had a total 2017 budget of P123.5 million.

These include the P51.5-million project for the correction of the strip grade and the P10-million project for the reblocking of the apron pavement in the Kalibo airport.

The other unimplemented projects pertained to the construction of the control tower in the Roxas City airport, as well as the construction of retaining walls, buildings, waiting areas, drainage systems, and a powerhouse.

Similarly, 84 of the 178 non-infrastructure projects in the Western Visayas region were not implemented in 2017. The unimplemented projects had a budget of P40.283 million.

Cited as the reason for the delay was the “poor monitoring and lack of proper coordination” with the Aerodrome Development and Management Service (ADMS) and the Air Navigation Service (ANS), the CAAP units assigned to implement the projects.

Meanwhile, in Palawan, the COA said the P5-million project for the improvement of the water system in Busuanga Airport remained unimplemented as of the end of 2017.

The contract was not even awarded within the year, due to two bidding failures. It was finally awarded only last March, eight months after the bids and awards committee (BAC) recommended that the airport resort to negotiated procurement.

Because of the delay, the airport had to source its water from the nearby river and use a firetruck, leading to additional labor and gasoline costs.