Lopez LGU in Quezon fails to implement P22M projects
The municipal government of Lopez in Quezon province failed to implement 24 projects worth P22.7 million in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said on top of the 24 projects worth P22,705,741.46 not implemented in 2015, there were also five projects worth P2,818,790.33 unimplemented in 2014.
The failure of the municipality to implement the development projects “deprive(d) the constituents of the Municipality of the immediate benefits that could be obtained therefrom.”
The auditors said the municipality allocated P34,198,330 as its development fund in 2015.
Auditors said most of the unimplemented projects were infrastructure projects such as installation and maintenance of street lights, construction/rehabilitation/improvement of local government owned potable water supply system, subsidy to other funds, and counterpart to Salintubig.
“In view of the non-implementation of the projects, the constituents of the Municipality were deprived of the immediate benefits or services that could have been obtained therefrom and economic development was hampered,” auditors said.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Isaias Ubana to have the municipal engineer implement projects funded out of the development fund for the benefit of its constituents; and have the Bids and Awards Committee to fast track the bidding process and refrain from awarding the bidder with incomplete documents.
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