DOH orders MIMAROPA LGUs to settle more than P139-million of unliquidated funds given to them

POSTED: Monday, September 1st, 2014

CALAPAN CITY – A total of P139,399,484.56 of health funds given by the Department of Health to local government units in Region 4B or MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) for implementation of various DOH projects since 2008 until this year has yet to be liquidated as of last week.

With this, the DOH Regional Office in MIMAROPA has ordered LGUs in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque and Palawan to settle all the said unliquidated funds at the soonest possible time for review of the Commission on Audit (COA) and to further receive cash grants from the health department.

From the said multi-million unliquidated amounts found by the DOH-MIMAROPA during its three-day consultative meeting with regional accountants last week to reconcile the unliquidated fund transfers given to various local governments in the region and to address the issues and concerns for non-liquidation of long standing accounts, it was learned that from among the four island provinces in the area, Oriental Mindoro topped the list with still remaining outstanding unliquidated funds amounting to P57,250,183.90 from 2008-2013.

Next in line is the province of Occidental Mindoro, which has a total of P29,927,497.33 unliquidated funds from 2009-2013, followed by Romblon with an outstanding unliquidated balance of P38,098,462.40 from 2008-2014, Marinduque with still not yet liquidated balance of P7,954,083.47 from 2009 -2013, and Palawan province with P6,169,256.86 outstanding unliquidated balance from 2010-2014.

“We need to update and settle the status of fund transfers per province and municipality for a timely submission of Fund Utilization Report and decrease the percentage of Unliquidated Fund Transfer through proper liquidations and refund of unutilized funds,” DOH MIMAROPA Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated upon knowing the said financial report.

Accordingly and based on the same report, Oriental Mindoro LGUs incurred the highest outstanding unliquidated funds as the province also received more health funds than the three other neighboring provinces in MIMAROPA from 2008 to 2013, with a grand total of P150,253,892.52.

From the stated funds given, the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro and its 10 municipalities and one city received more than P1 million to P200,000 and incurred the same amount.

In Occidental Mindoro, its provincial government and 10 of its towns have an unliquidated amounts ranging from more than P300,000 to almost P7 million from the DOH and congressional funds given to them.

In the case of Romblon, MIMAROPA’s poorest province, it placed third in the unliquidated amounts although the national government provided this archipelagic province and its municipalities the most health’s funds among the region’s LGUs from 2008 up to this year worth P279,989,096.90.

Marinduque and Palawan provinces got the least DOH fund projects from 2009 to this year, with an average of more than P19 million each, for unliquidated funds of more than P7M and P6M respectively.

Director Janairo emphasized the need to immediately resolve concerns regarding the delay in the liquidation of funds for the timely submission to the COA for audit review and assessment.  “These funds should be reported to the regional office in order to be accounted, reconciled and resolved because we will again be granting cash transfers to LGUs for the continuing implementation of health investment programs in the region such as the on-going enhancement of health facilities and provision of the needed medical equipment in the region”.

DOH-MIMAROPA transferred funds to LGUs for the implementation of various programs and projects such as financial assistance, upgrading of various health facilities and performance based incentives thru a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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