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COA: Iloilo lacks disaster plan

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All disaster, no plan.

On this note, the Commission on Audit scored the Iloilo provincial government for failing to implement disaster resilience programs due to low rate of mitigation and fund utilization.

Such failure may have exposed Ilonggos to destruction of properties, injuries, and even loss of life, it said (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/capitol-hit-for-lack-of-disaster-risk-plan/).

COA said the provincial government allotted some P151.35 million in capital outlay to enhance its disaster preparedness and response capabilities “at all levels” in 2018.

It includes the building of supposedly disaster-resilient communities last year.

Yet, the COA said none of these proposals materialized, due to lack of preparation for the 2018 Provincial Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Financial and Investment Plan.

In its 2018 annual audit report, the COA said the Capitol failed to implement the continuing capital outlay totaling P151,359,305.40, and non-programming of the Special Trust Fund totaling P285,319,232.03.

Because of the Capitol’s failure to implement disaster resilience programs, it said Ilonggos were exposed to possible destruction of properties, injuries, and even loss of life.

The COA recommended that the governor direct the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to prepare the management financial and investment plan.

The COA likewise recommended to the governor to direct the provincial planning and development officer to review a P22-million proposed project for Pamana Fund to address the armed conflict and promote peace.

It said this aims to make sure these projects respond to the peace and development issues in the conflict-affected areas.