COA: Air transport authority failed to finish projects, upgrade airports

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The unimplemented projects under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are designed for the improvement of provincial airports.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) The Commission on Audit (COA) hit the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) after it failed to implement 15 of 16 infrastructure projects designed to improve the condition of provincial airports.

In its 2017 report of the agency, the COA added there was a delay in implementing the construction of a ₱2-million cargo building in the Kalibo airport in Aklan. The project began only in November 15, 2017.

"Of the 16 infrastructure projects for implementation in 2017 with a total budget of ₱125.5 million, 15 projects worth ₱123.5 million were not implemented during the year while delay was noted in the implementation of the lone project implemented, which consequently delayed the delivery of basic services to intended beneficiaries," the report read.

Among those projects include the strip grade correction in the Kalibo airport in Aklan worth ₱51 million, the construction of a ₱10-million control tower in Roxas City airport in Capiz, and the construction of a ₱6.6-million powerhouse in Kalibo airport.

Other projects which were carried over from fiscal year 2016 but have yet to be implemented include the P6-million development of the Bacolod City airport terminal and the creation of an airport drainage system in the Roxas City airport. The carry-over projects cost over ₱32.6 million.

"As a result the targeted number of projects to be implemented during the year was not achieved. Non-implementation and non-completion of the projects on time consequently delayed the benefits that could be derived from such projects," the COA said.

State auditors recommended that CAAP must enhance its planning and monitoring strategies, as well as stick to the timelines in the implementation of projects "to ensure timely delivery of services."