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COA eyes key improvements of South Cotabato DRRM

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Commission on Audit (COA) advised the provincial government of South Cotabato on certain deficiencies regarding their disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) practices.

In particular, state auditors flagged the incomplete investment plan formulated by the provincial government covering additional DRRM funds in 2018.

“A LDRRMFIP for the DRRM Program shall be prepared annually. It shall present the QRF allocation in lump-sum and the allocation for disaster mitigation, prevention and preparedness with details as to projects and activities to be funded,” COA stated, citing Section 5.1.2 of Circular 2012-002.

Upon post-audit, COA found that the provincial government failed to completely prepare an investment plan for P323,406.62, approved in supplemental budgets – an act which exposes DRRM funds to inefficient management and monitoring.

South Cotabato officials explained that an investment plan was prepared, but was not included due to time constraints.

State auditors also cited the provincial government for the “improper management and lack of monitoring of DRRM inventories”, which was similarly observed in 2017.

“With rice, for example, there are a total of 2,197 sacks of rice valued at ₱4,896,900.00 present in the warehouse based on physical count report, however records reflects that it has an equivalent cost of ₱29,103,328.43 or approximately 18,417 sacks , an overstatement of almost ₱24,206,428.43,” COA added.

Liquidation documents were also not submitted by the PDRRM Office, which admitted their shortcomings in the report. Instead, it promised to act on the state auditing agency’s recommendations.

COA asked the help of South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, who succeeded former governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, to direct the PDRRM Council to prepare the necessary investment plans, and to impose sanctions on delinquent departments. #

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