View Full Version : Expenditures On Wrong Priorities

03-02-2009, 05:31 PM
The news report that 109,000 kids in Eastern Visayas are suffering form various degrees of malnutrition was very depressing. The Samar provinces have the highest number of malnourished children.

I do hope that the provincial governments in Eastern Visayas would wisely use their financial resources to substantially reduce malnutrition among the children. I took a look at the 2007 audited reports of the Commission on Audit and found out that the provincial governments are not fully using their resources to respond to the needs of their constituents.

Samar’s provincial government, for instance spent 10.58 million pesos and 1.27 million pesos for traveling and mobile phone expenses respectively in 2007. The provincial government of Nothern Samar spent 3.91 million pesos for four months to hire job order employees for its anti-drug campaign and for project monitoring. But these employees did not submit any accomplishment reports.

According to the COA, Eastern Samar spent 3.79 million pesos to buy three Toyota Innova and one Isuzu DMAX, and another 1.13 million for a Crosswind. Are these really necessary, given that the province has an 18.25 percent malnutrition rate? What a great way to manage the taxpayers’ money huh?