Licab town in Nueva Ecija shortchanged in gender dev’t fund
The municipality of Licab in Nueva Ecija failed to appropriate enough budget for its gender and development (GAD) fund in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality had appropriated a total of P2,564,700 for its GAD fund, short of the required five percent of the total annual budget equivalent to not less than P3,257,179.
Auditors also noted that activities contained in the GAD plan were not even related to gender and development.
Although these programs were not charged to the GAD fund, the GAD plan included projects appropriately chargeable to the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, such as tree planting and vegetable production, repair and maintenance of public market building, municipal building and municipal parks, plaza and monument and medical and burial assistance.
“(These projects) were not GAD-related, thus, tendencies may occur that the objective of gender mainstreaming as a strategy to promote women’s human rights and eliminate gender discrimination in the agency’s or the LGU’s structure, policies, programs, processes and procedures will not be attained,” the auditors said.
The auditors noted too that the programs, activities and projects incorporated in the GAD plan was not submitted for review or approval by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The COA urged the municipal mayor Wifredo Domingo to ensure that at least five percent of the total appropriations is allocated for gender and development, as well as direct the Municipal Budget Officer to formulate the GAD plan in conformity the appropriate circulars, and submit these for review and approval of the PCW and DBM.
The implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act 9170 or the Magna Carta of Women mandate the five percent appropriation for the GAD fund.
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