By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Commission on Audit (COA) recently revealed the alleged anomaly on the development of the public cemetery here after discovering that the previous administration failed to comply with the rules and regulations prescribed by law.
Reportedly, the project was funded by a P25-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines payable in 10 years having an interest of 8.675 percent per annum with the municipal heavy equipment as collateral and an assignment of the internal revenue allotment up to 20 percent.
The development of the cemetery began on December 1, 2009 and completed on April 15, 2010 as certified by the then mayor Tito Razalan.
Based on the audit observation memorandum duly certified by Jean Daliva, audit team leader and Lualhati Abesamis, supervising auditor, both of COA, the deficiencies in the procurement process prescribed under Republic Act 9184 and its implementing rules and regulations as well as incomplete documents supporting the payment of the Mayantoc Memorial Park project contrary to section 4(6) of Presidential Decree 1445 cast doubt on the validity and regularity of the transaction.
The COA report also said that during their ocular inspection they found out that the park is not yet operational and not properly maintained or taken care of until now.
Under the law, all procurement activities of the government in line with the commitment to promote good governance should adhere to the principle of transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency and economy in its procedure.
It should be supported also with complete documentations to establish the validity of the claims.
The controversial cemetery project was also compared with the same project of San Manuel town which was erected on a two-hectare land with the same amount and now well-developed and fully operational.
The Philippines News Agency tried to get the side of Razalan, who is now a board member in the first district of the province, but to no avail.