ILOILO City – Only 7.14 percent or eight out of 112 development projects here last year were fully implemented.
Such was “contrary to the guidelines issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Budget and Management Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-1 dated Feb. 22, 2017,” according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
The lackluster implementation deprived Ilonggos of vital services that could have been derived from these projects, it added.
COA recommended the following:
* coordinate with the City Engineer, the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and other offices involved and closely monitor and evaluate the implementation of development projects identified in the Annual Investment Plan
* direct the BAC to observe the provisions of Section 7.6 of the 2016 Revised Internal Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184 in order to implement infrastructure projects on time and hasten its completion
Mayor Jerry Treñas said he was disappointed. He would be reviewing the projects mostly intended for the barangays.
On July 16 he called for a meeting with the Local Development Council and asked members about priority projects.
A follow-up meeting is set on July 23 together with the assigned executive committee, one representative for each district, and two from nongovernment organizations.
Treñas designated Engineer Salvador Peñalosa as officer-in-charge of the City Engineer’s Office to help him carry out the unimplemented projects.
He also planned a meeting with the Local School Board to discuss its implemented, projects, too./PN