LOBOC, Bohol – The Commission on Audit (COA) has found disbursement of PhP3,290,000 for the installation of a Zip Line facility phase I for the town’s Eco-tourism project “disadvantageous to the government.” The project, COA said, “was not supported with complete documents, bidding procedures/bid documents not properly conducted/evaluated by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) contrary to section 168 (c) f the GAAM, section 12 of RA 9184 and section 2 and 3 of RA 7718 rendering the validity, regularity of the expenses doubtful and disadvantageous to the government.”
The COA has given 10 courses of action as recommendations for the town to correct the alleged irregularity in the disbursement of the zipline construction. It urged the local government unit concerned to submit all important documents as reuired by aforecited laws “to validate the regularity of the expenses of the transaction.”
It also required the town to submit justification why the project was carried out by EDSAC without Contract/agreement and other bidding documents that may qualify EDSAC to construct the said project.
The watchdog agency also required the town to explain why there was disparity of the cost of the program of work (POW) of “Php9.4 million as posted in the invitation to bid against the CAF of Php3.29 million.”
The town concerned is also required to “submit justifications why only the Zip Line facility was included on the POW for the total amount of Php3.290 million when SB (Sangguniang Bayan) Resolution No.28-2010 specifically mentioned the inclusion of the cable car/trekking as part of this project.”
COA asked that since the cable car/trekking components “were actually undertaken, so who shoulder the cost of the same? What was the basis in the construction of the cable car/trekking facilities when it was not included on the POW?”
There were other documents that COA wanted submitted, such as justification on the sharing profit/loss scheme, a “built-plan” of the completed project for inspection of COA technical office and others.
In its post-audit findings, COA found that Loboc SB approved Resolution No. 28-2010 and Appropriation Ordinance No. 2, series of 2010 on March 10, 2010 that included the appropriation of PhP3.2 million for the implementation of the eco-tourism project phase I dubbed, the “Park” situated in barangay Gotozon of the town.
The source of funds as indicated in the said measures were taken from the surplus of the town’s economic enterprise for the said construction of the zipline and cable car/trekking facilities, COA said.
The audit report also said “On the same day (March 10, 2010) a letter from the office of the mayor (instead of the BAC chairman) was sent to COA via fax inviting a representative to witness/observe the opening of the sealed bids, in connection with the construction of the zipline facility only thus, excluding the cable car and trekking projects.”
The scheduled of the bidding was set on March 24, 2010 or 12 days after the appropriation ordinance was approved.”
Certificate of Availability of funds (CAF) dated July 9, 2011 charged to T-341 (tourism) of PhP3,290,000. “However, Advice of Allotment Number/Obligation Request No. 5405-12-11-101 as written in the CAF was dated December 16, 2011, four months after the CAF was issued,” COA said.