Titay LGU in Zamboanga fails to implement P5.5M dev’t projects

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The municipal government of Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay failed to implement 12 development projects worth P5.5 million in 2015, depriving the constituents of the benefit from the fund, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipal government failed to implement 12 of 16 planned developmental activities amounting to P5,539,434.8, depriving the constituents of the expected economic benefits from the fund.

The following projects were not implemented by the end of 2015 – maintenance of street lighting system, maintenance of LGU water system, construction of deep well of New Bagsakan Center, CBMS-CLUP and FLUP Documentation and Data Gathering; rubber plantation in wastershed area-Palomoc; rehabilitation of RIDP roads; rehabilitation of Imelda gymnasium; construction of carinderia stalls and new Bagsakan; maintenance of old Bagsakan building; and rehabilitation of drainage canal of the old Bagsakan Center.

“The non-implementation of the above listed developmental projects deprived the constituents and neighboring communities of the expected valuable benefits in terms of added infrastructures and better facilities,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Maria Corazon Esperanza Rillera to fully implement the developmental projects to ensure attainment of the objectives of the local government in providing socio-economic development to its constituents.

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 memorandum circular.

According to Section 287 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code: “Each local government units shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than twenty percent (20%) of its annual internal revenue allotment for development projects.”