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P10.5M dev’t funds in Zamboanga Sibugay town unimplemented

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At least 11 development projects worth P10,528,404 were not implemented in the municipality of Kabasalan in Zamboanga Sibugay, defeating the purpose of the fund to deliver socio-economic development, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality has earmarked 20 percent of its internal revenue allotment as its development fund worth P26,428,404 in 2015.

Because of the incurred total obligations worth P11,603,382.75, the year-end balance is P14,825,021.25, which consist of P3,360,000 for Bottom Up Budget Counterpart for 2015, P10,528,404 for unimplemented projects and P936,617.25 for the unexpended balances of projects implemented during 2015.

The unimplemented projects worth P10,528,404 are as follows: freshwater habitat productivity; repair and maintenance of roads and highways; counterpart for KALAHI CIDDS / NCDDP; repair and rehabilitation of irrigation canal; Department of Agriculture Projects (Lacnapan Road); Simbol road concreting; Nazareth road concreting; gymnasium improvement; riprapping along Barangay Concepcion road; Simbol water system; initial funding for Sanghanan water system pipe rerouting.

On top of these, a comfort room at Sta. Cruz which was a project in previous years was only 10 percent completed, depriving the constituents of the benefit from the project, the auditors said.

The COA recommended that the municipal mayor George Cainglet urge the Local Development Committee to identify and prioritize the development projects that are implementable during the year.