Sayang! P7M dev’t projects in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay left to dust

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At least seven projects worth P6.99 million were not implemented by the municipal government of Siay in Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA said seven of the 16 development projects were not implemented, “hence, affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency on the delivery of the socio-economic development to constituents particularly the marginalized sectors.”

Auditors said that the municipality in 2015 appropriated a total amount of P23,590,228 and incurred total obligations of P19,910,212.92, thus leaving a year-end balance of P3,680,015.08, which consists of P1,568,519.43 for continuing appropriations of 2014 and P2,111,495.65 for 2015.

A verification on the Report of the Utilization of the Development Fund showed that of the P21 million appropriations for 2015, P6.991 million were not implemented.

These are the projects not implemented in 2015 – Purchase of Two units Six Wheelers DT and one unit Payloader (Surplus); purchase and development of land for the relocation of informal settlers; concreting of road – Carlos P. Garcia Sr., Siay; concreting of Road – Bagong Silang to Camanga Section; livelihood assistance of indigenous peoples and nongovernment organizations; Clean and Green Project; and improvement of solid waste dumpsite.

Auditors were told that the aforementioned projects will be implemented next year.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Julius Acosta Sr. that the Local Development Committee should identify and prioritize the development projects which are implementable during the year.

The management vowed to prioritize the implementation of the development projects.

The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute to the attainment of desirable socio-economic development and environmental management outcomes, and should partake the nature of investment or capital expenditures, according to a joint circular.