Siquijor LGU catches flak for delays in P27M infra projects

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Commission on Audit (COA) scolded the Siquijor officials for failing to execute their planned infrastructure projects for 2018, depriving its citizens of their immediate use.

“The delayed completion of the…projects is putting on hold the benefits that the constituents may enjoy had these been completed on time,” the 2018 annual audit report read.

State auditors also caught local government’s failure to even issue warning letters to defaulting contractors required under Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 68 s. 2014.

Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the Province of Siquijor

According to the province’s quarterly accomplishment report, the biggest delays were the concreting of two major roads in the province which cost P3.45 million and P2.98 million apiece.

Both projects were supposedly completed by December 22, 2018, however state auditors found that neither were even started in 2018.

Siquijor’s provincial administrator explained that one of the reasons for the delays was the prevalence of bad weather, as well as inefficiencies on the part of the contractors.

However, state auditors argued that this has been a “recurring observation in the previous years” which Siquijor has “failed to address.”

COA ordered Siquijor officials to monitor the implementation of their priority projects, as well as the issuance of warning letters to delinquent contractors – even the pursuance of disciplinary action under the procurement law.