COA slams Nueva Ecija for underutilized grain dryers worth P100M
The Commission on Audit (COA) hit the provincial government of Nueva Ecija for P100-million worth of idle grain dryers.
COA said Nueva Ecija’s grain dryer facilities weren’t maximized to recover the acquisition and operating costs.
Ten grain dryers were built in 2001 for P10 million each in the municipalities of Aliaga, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Cabiao, Llanera, Sto Domingo, Zaragoza, Quezon, Licab, and Jaen.
COA said the grain dryers were not only underutilized but also broke down from non-use.
“Aside from the drying fees, each farmer who would avail of the facility must bring his own gas needed to operate the facility. As a result, it was the traders who benefitted from the facility,” COA said.
COA said Nueva Ecija’s Office of the Provincial Agriculturist failed to regularly monitor the status of the grain dryers.
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