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COA: P9.17M worth of road works in Pavia, Iloilo unimplemented

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Some P9.17 million allotted for the concreting of barangay roads in Pavia, Iloilo in 2018 remain unimplemented, the Commission on Audit said.

The COA said the Pavia town government failed to secure proof of ownership and deeds of usufruct of the roads to be concreted.

COA said this violated Sec. 6.5 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2018-61 dated May 3, 2018 (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/p9-17m-worth-of-road-works-unimplemented/).

It noted the DILG’s Assistance to Municipalities seeks to equitably assist all municipalities in the delivery of basic services by providing a financial subsidy to municipalities for priority programs and projects.

Programs include local bridges, disaster risk reduction-related equipment, rainwater catchment facilities, sanitation and health facilities, and a municipal drug rehabilitation facility.

COA asked Pavia’s mayor to direct concerned officials and employees to expedite the process of securing deeds of usufruct for the road projects.

It also directed the mayor to install a community billboard within the municipal hall premises showing the status of the programs.

Also, it tasked the mayor to comply with all policy guidelines and procedures in the implementation of programs to avoid disqualification on future projects.

COA also found Pavia’s local government failed to prepare its Annual Procurement Plan and other Project Procurement Management Plan for 2018.

It said concerned officials should prepare the required procurement plan at the start of every budget year, pursuant to law.