COA cites DA’s P1.2-B rural dev’t projects in Caraga

The Commission on Audit (COA) has commended the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Regional Project Coordination Office in Caraga Region (RPCO-13) of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for implementing priority programs and projects in the area.

COA particularly cited RPCO-13 for enabling the stakeholders in the region to avail of the benefits of the government interventions, DA-13 said in a statement Monday.

“The COA’s observation report was received on March 28, 2022, and in the independent auditor’s report on April 18, 2022,” DA-13 information officer Emmylou Presilda said.

In said report, COA cited RPCO-13 for “efficient administration of government infrastructure projects”, particularly the DA-PRDP projects in the Caraga Region in 2021.

The report said 32 out of the 42 subprojects of the DA-PRDP in the region, amounting to PHP1.229 billion, were completed on December 31, 2021.

It said the RPCO-13 obtained a project completion rate of 76 percent last year.

Meanwhile, in its independent auditor’s report, COA acknowledged the agency’s accurate expenditures incurred and the cash received for the PRDP projects in the region.

The audit report particularly examined the Statement of Expenditures and Statement of Sources and Application of Funds of PRCO-13 as of December 31, 2021.

“The PRDP is a six-year project financed by a loan from the World Bank and grant from the Global Environmental Facility, and supplemented by the equity counterpart of the Philippine government,” DA-13 said.

It said the fund is granted to participating local government units to increase the production in the agriculture and fishery sectors.

PRDP programs also aim to improve food security and access to climate-resilient infrastructure and livelihood projects for farmers and fisherfolk.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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