Pampanga posts poor infra project completion rate of 24%
by Allan Yves Briones
The provincial government of Pampanga posted a project completion rate of 24%, leaving P151.51 million of the 20% Development Fund (DF) idle in state coffers, a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) revealed.
According to the 2018 annual audit report, out of the 149 projects planned to be implemented last year, the provincial government was only able to fully complete 39.
“[T]hus, the constituents were deprived of the early enjoyment of the intended benefits from the proposed projects under the 20% DF,” the report stated.
Through the audit team’s ocular inspection, they found that 31 projects currently on-going, with 79 yet to be even started which includes the construction of local roads and school buildings, and the procurement of heavy equipment.
The biggest offenders include 21 barangay roads worth P20.36 million which have been bidded but not started, and the procurement of a rice and corn harvester worth P27.31 million currently up for rebidding.
State auditors blamed the delayed implementation on the provincial government’s failures.
“(The provincial government’s) failure to have a systematic and efficient procurement process for its development projects had already been exhaustively discussed in our prior years’ audit however, no marked improvements were observed,” COA said.
In addition, state auditors flagged the inappropriate charging of several projects worth P23.43 million against the 20% DF.
COA reiterated their prior years’ recommendations, calling for the local Bids and Awards Committee to improve timeliness of procurement, and for the provincial engineer to closely monitor project implementation.
According to the provincial engineer, they have also discussed the “urgent need” to hire additional engineers for timely implementation of local infrastructure projects.
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