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Only 4 percent of Macalelon, Quezon’s dev’t fund implemented

Only P694,758.50 or four percent of the development funds was utilized by the municipality of Macalelon in Quezon in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said only four percent of the P16,030,860.20 development fund in 2015 was utilized, depriving the constituents of the benefits from the fund.

“Verification of Report on Utilization of 20 percent Development Fund for 2015 disclosed that only P694,758.50 or four percent of the total appropriations of P16,030,860.20 was utilized,” auditors said.

Meanwhile, the balance of P15,336,101.70 or 96 percent remained unexpended as of year-end, “thus depriving the intended beneficiaries of the optimum benefits that could be derived therefrom,” the auditors said.

The auditors said the following unimplemented projects include – Construction of two units Boundary Marker; Construction of Pasularin Bridge; Improvement of Municipal Agriculture Office; Improvement of ABC Hall; Construction of Amphiteather; Improvement of Anos Footbridge; Barangay Development Initiative Funds; Solid Waste Management Program; Improvement of Various Farm to Market Road; Concreting of Municipal Street (Uñas Street); Construction of Sitio Cawayan Footbridge; Construction of Bayong Concrete Bridge; Fabrication of Covered Staircase at ABC Hall; Other Public Infrastructure.

“Non-implementation of the above projects deprived the constituents of the Municipality, who are the main beneficiaries of the development projects, the immediate benefits thereof,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Nelson Traje to fully implement the development fund to ensure that the intended beneficiaries can avail the maximum benefits that may be derived from the projects.

Mayor Traje said that some of their projects from the development fund were accomplished or implemented in 2016, but he vowed to comply with the audit recommendation.

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