Sixteen local government units had low rates of implementation of local disaster risk reduction management (LDRRM) plans, programs and projects because they lacked manpower, the Commission on Audit (CoA) said.
Based on CoA’s consolidated report on the audit of the LDRRM fund for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, the 16 local government units (LGUs) included two in the Cordillera Administrative Region, seven in Region 2, five in Region 3, one in Region 5 and one in Region 6.
“The rate of implementation of LDRRM plans, programs, projects and activities of the 16 LGUs is low due to lack of manpower, which resulted in the low attainment of its objective of enhancing the LGUs capabilities to effectively prepare, respond and recover from the impacts of natural and man-made disaster,” CoA said in its report.
“Under Republic Act 10121, or the ‘Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010,’ it is the policy of the State to uphold the people’s constitutional rights to life and property by addressing the root causes of vulnerabilities to disasters, strengthening the country’s institutional capacity for disaster risk reduction and management and building the resilience of local communities to disasters including climate change impacts,” it added.
Based on the report, the implementation rates in Rizal, Kalinga and Pasil, Kalinga was 27.98 percent and 38.98 percent, respectively.
The implementation rates in Batanes was 16 percent; Burgos, 24.37 percent; Gamu, 0.66 percent; San Agustin, 22.94 percent; Claveria, 16.03 percent; Sanchez Mira, 45 percent; and Ballesteros, Cagayan, 2.61 percent.
The implementation rates in Region 3’s San Luis was 41.52 percent; Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, 43.66 percent; Llanera, Nueva Ecija, 22.07 percent; Rizal, Nueva Ecija, 61.15 percent; and Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, 19.81 percent.
Legazpi City in Region 5 had an implementation rate of 23.03 percent and Guimbal in Region 6, 12.15 percent.
CoA urged the LDRRM council to optimize the utilization of disaster funds and strengthen its disaster preparedness.
In the same report, CoA said 39 LGUs “did not optimally utilize” their allotments. It also alleged that funds of 101 LGUs amounting to P112.03 million were used for other purposes in violation of the law.