In a 2013 audit report on the Department of Energy (DOE), the Commission on Audit (COA) said P17.292 million fund transfers for electrification projects sourced from Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were still unliquidated as of December 2013.
State auditors said of P59,139,846.88 moved to 51 barangay (villages) of local government units for various electrification projects, P17,291,896.36 or 29 percent remained unliquidated despite full completion of project activities.
“Moreover, no report on the status of physical accomplishments of the projects were submitted by the Renewable Energy Management Bureau [REMB] of the DOE, hence, validation of the project implementation could not be conducted,” they added.
COA recommended and DOE agreed to immediately demand full liquidation and refund of unused fund transfers from the concerned Quezon City barangay for completed electrification projects and submit the status of the projects’ physical accomplishments with explanation for the delays in implementation.
The electrification projects aim to help mitigate adverse effects of climate change and reduce power consumption through the use of Photovoltaic (PV) solar streetlights as alternative source of electricity and Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology as lighting fixtures.
The funds were sourced from the PDAF of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and former Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy as well as the DAP of Belmonte.
Under memorandums of agreement (MOA) between the DOE, lawmakers and the QC barangay represented by their chairmen, DOE is responsible for the release of funding and technical assistance.
“For the years 2010 to 2013, the DOE received seven Special Allotment Release Orders [SAROs] sourced from the PDAF and DAP of three legislators aggregating to P59,500,000.00 and P7,000,000.00, respectively, to implement electrification projects in 57 identified barangay/beneficiaries within their respective districts,” COA said.
Based on the audit report, among the projects completed were the electrification project of Barangay UP Campus and Barangay Botocan, the P5 million funds for which were sourced from Belmonte’s PDAF; delivery and installation of PV solar streetlights in 34 identified barangay funded by P14-million PDAF from Dy; delivery and installation of PV solar streetlights in Nayong Kanluran with P1 million from Dy’s PDAF and; delivery and installation of PV solar streetlights in Barangay Kalusugan, Don Manuel and Doña Josefa funded with P7 million sourced from Belmonte’s DAP.
For a P19-million release sourced from Dy’s PDAF for 20 recipient barangay, COA said 18 projects were completed while there were no fund transfers yet to the remaining 2 barangay as of end-2013.
On the delivery and installation of PV solar streetlights for 16 identified barangay and funded with P20 million from Dy’s PDAF, the agency added that 11 projects were completed and two are ongoing while there were no fund transfers yet to the remaining three barangay as of end-2013.