BALILIHAN, Bohol – The Commission on Audit (COA) has found that the municipal government of this landlocked town has embarked on a farm-to-market road (FMR) project that actually led to no farmland. “The road has no direct access to any other farm in the area,” COA said in its audit finding report submitted to this town ending December 31, 2014.
In her letter dated February 26, 2015, COA’s State Auditor Atty. Eva P Cabrera has transmitted the agency’s audit report to Mayor Dominisio L. Chatto in compliance with the Constitution and Presidential Decree No. 1445, also known as Government Auditing Code of the Philippines for the information of the officials concerned.
COA said it conducted an ocular inspection on the project site at barangay Del Carmen Norte of this town and its findings showed that “the road/site of the project is the access road” of the Mt. Carmel Academy on the left side and Our Lady of Mount Carmel church to the right side of the road.
“The area is quite populated as it is considered as the town proper or Poblacion of the municipality. It is being used/utilized by residents of the area and students of the nearby school. The road has no direct access to any other farm in the area.”
COA said that FMR is aimed at facilitating the speedy transfer of farm produce from the farms to the market but in this case “it did not serve its intended purpose.”
The LGU management argued that the project is a “shortcut access” from three barangays which are agricultural.
But COA said that the LGUs claim the shortcut access roads “were not properly maintained.” It suggested to LGU here “to prioritize locations of its FMR projects to maximize its intended purpose.”
COA recommended to LGU to make proper planning and identify the area of the FMR projects. (rvo)