COA awaits Capitol report on use of P1M, GAD accomplishment

By Florence F. Hibionada

THREE Iloilo towns and the Province of Iloilo did good on the formulation and implementation of Gender and Development (GAD) Plan. Or almost good, at least, with the Capitol unable to submit its accomplishments when the 2010 year-end audit was made.

With a P1 million allotted budget for the province, “favorable” though was the over-all observation of government auditors from the Commission on Audit (COA). The “GAD” report formed part of the latest Annual Audit Report (AAR) of COA as now transmitted to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.

Other than the delay of Capitol’s reporting how the P1 million was exactly used, no red flags were raised by COA.

GAD is mandated for every Local Government Unit (LGU), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs). For its implementation, allowed is the appropriation of 5% of the yearly budget designed to address gender issues in respective LGUs, SUCs and GOCCs.

GAD is also the Philippines’ response to meet global targets in the elimination of discrimination against women. It also set the framework plan for women and implemented the 10-point “Legacy Agenda” of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In Iloilo, part of its GAD was the formulation of Great Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation (GREAT) of Women Project. Funding agency was the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with some P3.1 million in budget allotted to Iloilo towns of Badiangan, Pavia and Miag-ao and the province itself.

At least P1.1 million was spent for the conduct of capacity development trainings, networking and linkaging and enhancement of gender-responsive policies, plans, programs and services.

“Included in the expenditures is the cost of Baseline Study for Local Enabling Environment and Women Micro Entrepreneurs and Women Workers in the Micro Enterprise conducted by Central Philippine University amounting to P690,000,” the COA report went. “For its counterpart, the provincial government lined up various activities contained in its annual gender and development plan with a budget of P1,000,000. However there is no report of accomplishments yet as of the end of the year.”

A check made with the Capitol pointed to the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) as GAD-GREAT project leader. To note, 2010 saw the shared the terms of former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. and the current administration of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. with Defensor calling for the immediate compliance of the project accomplishment report.

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