Sablayan LGU scored for poor monitoring of P5.3M aid
State auditors scored the municipal government of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro for its failure to properly monitor the utilization and liquidation of projects, programs and activities funded out of the financial assistance granted to various barangays amounting to P5,340,665 in 2015.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality in 2015 granted financial assistance totaling P5,340,665 to different barangays, for the following purposes – expenses for school activities, construction projects, expenses for barangay fiestas/founding anniversaries, trainings/seminars of barangay officials, uniforms, basketball and volleyball leagues, supplies, furniture and equipment and other expenses.
But a verification of the disbursement vouchers revealed that the fund transfers were supported only with official receipts, barangay resolutions, and letter requests, and program of works for construction projects.
The transactions were treated as outright expenses because these were recorded in the books under the Subsidy to LGUs, Subsidy to NGAs or Other MOOE accounts.
The failure of the Accounting Office to record the transactions as receivable instead of outright expenses “poses risk that the funds may have not been utilized for intended projects since the preparation and submission of liquidation reports are not required from the concerned barangays,” the auditors said.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Eduardo Gadiano to provide specific guidelines or criteria on the grant of financial assistance as to the maximum amount and the list of projects, programs and activities that may be implemented, as well as properly monitor the utilization of funds and project accomplishments in the barangays.
The Acting Municipal Accountant told the auditors they already required the liquidation reports for the financial assistance given to barangays starting November 2015.
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