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Thursday, February 14, 2019

CDO's 596 classrooms not overpriced: COA



Since Mayor Oscar Moreno has been elected in the office in 2003, his main projects were building more classrooms in public schools around the city. Even when he was the Misamis Oriental Governor, he built more classrooms around Misamis Oriental, you can see some of his projects at MOGCHS campus.

As of this posting, the city government of CDO has managed to built a total of 596 classrooms and there are another 48 more that are under construction.

In an article written by Jigger Jerusalem at pna.gov.ph, that said:
Contrary to allegations of irregularities, a Commission on Audit (COA) 10 (Northern Mindanao) review said they found no evidence of overpricing in the construction of more than 500 classrooms in various public primary and secondary schools here.

Carlo Galenzoga, COA-10 chief technical audit specialist, said on Wednesday the approved budget for the contract and the contract cost were “both lower than the COA Evaluated Cost, hence, the same were found reasonable and in order.”

Galenzoga's findings were laid out in a report submitted to COA-10 state auditor Florita Kionisala, which also said that the classrooms complied with government standards.

In an interview on Wednesday, Moreno said corruption charges filed against him in connection with the construction of school buildings under his watch, have no basis. Moreno said the allegation was politically-motivated, and that the charges had "no effect on my performance -- never has, never does, and never will."

“It’s obvious that there is a political agenda behind this and was carried out to create an image of me as being besieged with so many cases. Who knows, maybe next week they will file another case,” he said.

Moreno said the projects in question, funded from the special education fund, are above board and had passed "stringent auditing standards."

What prompted the city government to focus on building more classrooms, he said, was the congestion in most public schools that had adversely affected educational standards.

“There were classroom shortages and as a result, our children are not learning enough,” he said, adding that pupils have more free time outside the school because classes were conducted in three shifts.

“Having a three-shift schedule is very scandalous, at the very least. The most affected are the children,” Moreno said.

Besides, he said, the Local School Board (LSB) -- a multi-sectoral body that crafts education-related policies -- approves the budget for these projects. 
According to the Local Government Code, the LSB can authorize treasurers at the local government level “to disburse funds from the Special Education Fund pursuant to the budget prepared and in accordance with existing rules and regulations.” (PNA)

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