Only 7 of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 8 of 33 cities have posted their Bayanihan Grant utilization report on their websites

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 September) – Only seven of Mindanao’s 27 prvoinces and eight of its 33 cities have complied with the requirement of the Department of Budget to post on their websites how they spent the millions of pesos given them under the Bayanihan Grant for Cities and Municipalities (BGCM) and Bayanihan Grant for Provinces (BGP).

The Bayanihan Grant is a one-time assistance to the local government units (LGUs) provided under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan Heal as One Act to allow them to quickly respond to the public health crisis.

Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities and 422 towns received a total of 10.5 billion pesos out of the nationwide Bayanihan Grant allocation of 37.02 billion.

The BGCM is equivalent to one month IRA share while the BGP is half a month’s IRA share and are to be “exclusively used for … COVID-19-related programs, projects, activities (PPAs) and expenses.”

MindaNews searched the websites and website links of the cities and provinces and found that as of 11 p.m. on September 3,  only eight cities have posted reports on their websites: Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iligan, Isabela, Island Garden City of Samal, Malaybalay, Oroquieta and Tagum; and seven provinces: Agusan del Norte, Basilan, Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental,  Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato.

Fourteen cities have active websites but had no reports posted on their Transparency Section or on any other page of their website as of 11 p.m. on September 3:   Butuan, Dapitan, Digos, Cabadbaran, El Salvador, General Santos, Kidapawan, Mati, Panabo, Surigao, Tandag, Tacurong, Valencia and Zamboanga,

Zamboanga City’s website has yet to post reports on the utilization of the Bayanihan Grant as of 10:24:53 p.m. on September 3, 2020. Zamboanga City’s Bayanihan Grant, representing one month’s IRA share is 263,816,273 pesos, the second highest among Mindanao’s 33 cities.

Dapitan City’s website has entries under its Transparency Section’s “Bids and Awards” of its supposed fund utilization reports supposedly for May, June and July but clicking on the supposed links lead back to the home page.

The rest either have no websites, have websites under maintenance, or websites that cannot be accessed.  (see tables below)

Ten provinces have active websites but have no reports as of 11 p.m. on September 3: Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato,  Sarangani, Surigao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

Bukidnon’s website has a page under its Transparency Section supposedly for the Bayanihan Grant utilization reports but the page is empty except for the date of a supposed post on August 10.  The rest either have no websites, have websites under maintenance, or websites that cannot be accessed.

Bukidnon’s website has a page for the Bayanihan Grant utilization reports there is no entry as of 8:26:47 p.m. on September 3, 2020. There is a date stamp supposedly of a posting on August 10,, 2020 but there is only a blank page. Among Mindanao’s 27 provinces, Bukidnon received the highest Bayanihan Grant, equivalent to half a month’s share, in the amount of 125,220,588 pesos.

The DBM under Local Budget Circulars 125 for cities and municipalities and 126 for provinces, mandates the mayors and governors to prepare a “monthly report on fund utilization and status of implementation of the PPAs” using a format prescribed by the  DBM.

The local chief executives are also mandated to “post the accumulated reports” on the local government unit’s website and in “at least three conspicuous public places in the locality at the end of every month.”

Residents who can’t find the LGU’s monthly reports on the websites can check if these were posted in “three conspicuous public places” and if they did so “at the end of every month.”

The BGCM is equivalent to one-month FY 2020 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of the cities and municipalities and is intended to “boost their capacity in immediately responding to the COVID-19 emergency.”

The BGP on the other hand is equivalent to one half of one-month FY 2020 IRA of the provinces and is intended to be used “as augmentation to the funding requirements for the operation of provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government, and maintenance of duly established provincial checkpoints related to COVID-19, in support to the on-going efforts of the Government to respond to the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The IRA is the annual share  of local government units from national internal revenue taxes.  The formula for computation takes into account the LGU’s population (50%), land (25%) and equal sharing (25%) so LGUs with a bigger population and land area like Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur and North Cotabato provinces, and the cities of Davao, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro get a bigger share of the IRA pie. (see other story)

The DBM’s circulars also mandated the governors and mayors to send a written notice when they have posted on their websites their BGCM and BGP utilization reports on their website, to the DBM, House of House of Representatives, Senate of the Philippines, House Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Finance, and other offices where the submission of reports is required under existing laws, rules, and regulations.

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado in a letter circular on July 10 noted there is a “relatively low utilization rate”  of the Bayanihan Grant and reminded mayors and governors to expedite the utilization of their respective allocations from the Bayanihan Grant; “efficiently identify and implement P/A/Ps that are responsive in addressing the COVID-19 situation in the LGU” and strictly comply with the posting and reporting requirements.

Aside from the DBM’s mandate, President Rodrigo Duterte on August 24 said funds released to deal with COVID-19 should all be accounted for. “

BAYANIHAN GRANT FOR MINDANAO CITIES
Source: Department of Budget and Management
Amounts represent a month’s IRA share

No. City Amount  (in PhP) Fund utilization reports posted on website 
1 Davao 462,047,664 May, June, July 2020
2 Zamboanga 263,816,273 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
3 Cagayan de Oro 156,283,838 As of Aug 3, 2020
4 General Santos 150,298,788 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
5 Iligan 137,604,081 May, June, July 2020
6 Butuan 137,021,260 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
7 Malaybalay 124,538,952 June, July 2020 
8 Valencia   97,046,870 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
9 Mati   94,093,447 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
10 Bayugan   91,505,899 No website
11 Gingoog   85,212,650 cannot be accessed as of 3 Sept 2020  
12 Pagadian   81,438,955 No website
13 Cotabato   80,550,604 Cannot be accessed as of 3 Sept 2020  
14 Tagum   76,069,243 May, June, July 2020
15 Kidapawan   70,921,677 None posted as of 3 Sept  2020
16 Koronadal   69,720,979 Cannot be accessed as of 3 Sept 2020
17 Digos   69,682,026 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
18 Panabo   69,139,371 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
19 Dapitan   64,721,661 May, June, July 2020  cannot be downloaded
20 Surigao   64,060,661 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
21 Bislig   61,899,682 No website
22 Island Garden City of Samal   60,932,715 April, May, June 2020
23 Dipolog   60,193,212 No website
24 Marawi   58,765,509 No website
25 Cabadbaran   57,091,162 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
26 Ozamiz   56,225,838 No website
27 Isabela   56,095,135 As of 31 May 2020
28 Tandag   52,948,575 None as of 3 Sept 2020
29 Lamitan   52,780,109 Site under maintenance (3 Sept 2020)
30 Oroquieta   50,857,748 As of July 2020
31 Tacurong   48,330,974 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
32 Tangub   43,733,090 Cannot be accessed   
33 El Salvador   35,799,144 None posted as of 3 Sept  2020

 

BAYANIHAN GRANT FOR MINDANAO PROVINCES
Source: Department of Budget and Management
Amounts represent half a month’s IRA share

No. Province Bayanihan Grant  Fund utilization reports posted on website  
1. Bukidnon 125,220,588 Page provided but no entry as of 3 Sept 2020 
2 Lanao del Sur 117,976,609 Site unavailable  as of 3 Sept 2020  
3. North Cotabato 116,698,482 None posted as of 3  Sept 2020
4. Maguindanao 101,081,053 No website
5. Zamboanga del Norte   93,935,198 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
6, Agusan del Sur   94,455,333 None posted as of 3 Sept  2020
7. Zamboanga del Sur   80,525,484 No website
8. Sultan Kudarat   76,242,830 Website’s message: “Coming soon!!!”
9. Misamis Oriental   69,010,990 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
10. Sulu   61,860,250 Website cannot be accessed
11. Lanao del Norte   60,163,452 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
12. Davao de Oro   69,544,500 April, May, June, July 2020
13. Zamboanga Sibugay   61,296,195 No website
14. South Cotabato   74,051,810 May, June 2020
15. Surigao del Sur   65,967,829 No website
16. Davao Oriental   68,205,631 May, June 2020
17. Sarangani   57,741,417 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020  
18. Tawi-tawi   50,818,686 Website can’t be accessed as of 3 Sept 2020
19. Surigao del Norte   47,617,664 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
20. Davao del Norte   75,627,217 May, June, July 2020
21. Davao del Sur   54,390,984 May, June 2020
22. Misamis Occidental   52,651,420 No website
23. Agusan del Norte   46,056,996 May, June, July 2020
24. Basilan   47,767,193 April to June 5, 2020
25. Davao Occidental   41,327,787 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020
26. Dinagat Islands   28,951,533 Website can’t be accessed as of 3 Sept 2020
27. Camiguin   23,604,649 None posted as of 3 Sept 2020

The Bayanihan Grant for Provinces – equivalent to half a month IRA share – is 6.2 billion pesos for all 81 provinces nationwide. For Mindanao’s 27 provinces, the total amount received is 1.8 billion pesos or 30.05% of the national total.

The Bayanihan Grant for Cities – equivalent to a month’s IRA share – is 12.4 billion pesos for all 145 cities. For Mindanao’s 33 cities, the total amount received is 3.14 billion pesos or 25.3% of the national total.

The Bayanihan Grant for Municipalities is 18.4 billion pesos nationwide. For Mindanao’s 422 towns, the total amount received is 5.5 billion pesos or 29.9% of the national total. The Bayanihan Grant for Municipalities is also equivalent to one month IRA share.

Residents in Mindanao’s 27 prvoinces, 33 cities and 422 towns can check the websites of their areas or “three conspicuous places” where the reports are supposed to be posted at the end of each month. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

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