COA hits Tingloy, Batangas gov’t over anomalous P4M road project
The Tingloy municipal government in Batangas implemented the construction of a P4.3 million circumferential road in 2015 despite the lack of technical capability and equipment of the local government unit, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the construction of a circumferential road in the amount of P4,313,108.80 funded out of development fund was implemented by administration despite the lack of technical capability and equipment.
Auditors said the municipality appropriated the amount of P9,353,108.80 for the 20 percent Development Fund, and part of it was intended for the construction of circumferential road amounting to P4,313,108.80.
Verification of the Annual Procurement Plan (APP) revealed that the project was not included in the approved APP.
Also, there were no report or records showing that the municipality had supervised and completed projects by administration, the auditors added.
Based on the prepared Program of Work, the municipality also failed to meet the minimum equipment required on the project, such as concrete mixer, heavy equipment (bulldozer) and miscellaneous handtools.
The municipality said the Report on the Physical Count of Properties, Plant and Equipment (RPCPPE) and the records maintained by the Accounting Office for all properties revealed that the municipality had no other tools and construction equipment other than a bulldozer.
This meant the municipality violated the revised implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act on the efficiency of the project.
“Considering the above mentioned deficiencies, the implementations of the project by Administration was a clear violation of the Revised IRR of RA 9184 affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of project execution and casting doubt on the proper utilization of government scarce resources,” the auditors said.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Lauro Alvarez to ensure that the provisions of the law be strictly complied with, taking into consideration the local government unit’s capability to render the project by administration before its implementation.
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