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COA hits LGUs for using patrol boats for tourism

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out five unnamed local government units (LGUs) for using their patrol boats for tourism activities.

In its 2017 annual audit report, the COA urged the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to require the LGUs’ submission of reports and monitor the use of patrol boats purchased with United States government funds under Public Law (PL) 480 program.

The COA said the five patrol boats were used for tourism activities aside from fishery law enforcement and coastal resource management activities.

This was “contrary” to the memoranda of agreement providing for the LGUs to “exclusively” use the patrol boats for the intended purpose of enforcing fishery laws, managing coastal resources, and conducting disaster relief operations.