COA commends Bataan for steady 5-year growth
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) heaped praises on the provincial government of Bataan for its steady revenue increase since 2014.
“The Provincial Government of Bataan (PGB) consistently demonstrated sustainable economic growth and improved delivery of public services through the continuous increased in revenues for the last five years to finance the delivery of basic services and development to its people,” the 2018 annual audit report read.
According to state auditors, the provincial government posted an average increase of 21.58% in total revenue for the last five years, from P1.6 billion in 2014 to P2.67 billion in 2018.
COA noted that the efforts of the local officials of Bataan are “praiseworthy”, having surpassed projected revenues annually.
“[T]he increased in government income means additional funds to finance programs and projects for the benefit of Bataenos,” COA said.
In addition, state auditors praised the prompt remittances of Bataan’s barangays, municipalities and local school board, being sent monthly or even earlier in accordance with the local government code.
“It is worthy to note the commendable initiatives of the management in ensuring that the shares of the LGU (local government unit) on taxes be immediately remitted to them for immediate delivery of basic services to its people,” COA said. #
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