COA hits delay in BFAR’s procurement, distribution of gear for fisherfolk
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the delayed procurement and distribution of P26.4 million worth of fishing gear and paraphernalia meant for the fisherfolk of Central Luzon and Northern Mindanao regions.
In its 2017 annual audit report, the COA said the Central Luzon regional field office (RFO) only procured 153 of the targeted 400 fiberglass boats. Of the said boats, only 96 were distributed to the beneficiary fishermen.
The Norther Mindanao RFO was able to purchase all 4,589 targeted boats, but only 4,032 were distributed to the beneficiaires.
The same RFO also failed to distributed any of the 142 non-motorized bancas bought last year. Only 20 of the 142 marine engines were likewise distributed.
Distribution rates were less dismal for multiple handlines (1,793 of 2,050), gill nets (657 of 682), payao (floater, 24 of 25), and squid jiggers (268 of 278).
Still, the COA said the RFOs should speed up the procurement processes and coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) to expedite the distribution of the paraphernalia.