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Poor planning made Banco del Bienestar branches more expensive, audit points out

The Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) concluded that the federal authorities did not plan well the construction of 103 branches of the Banco del Bienestar, which would double the cost of each unit.

The branches are built by the Mexican Army, through a contract with the Banco del Bienestar, which was signed in 2020 but was extended because the authorities were unable to complete the works.

The auditors reviewed in detail the construction of 17 branches in the states of Campeche, Jalisco, Michoacán and Yucatán, with an amount spent of 37 million 772 thousand pesos, as a sample of the entire contract.

On all branches found extra expenses due to poor planning in the physical verification it was observed that the 17 branches present concepts out of catalog and modifications made to the project, which would increase the cost of civil works of each branch from 2 million 221 thousand pesos to 4 million 233 thousand pesos.

In reviewing the documents it became clear that the budget for each branch was prepared considering construction in built-up areaswhere there are energy, drinking water and drainage services, in addition to the ideal terrain conditions and where there are access roads, public lighting and other services in good working order.

Reviewing the documents, the auditors found that The procedures, permits, licenses and rights were not carried out before the start of the works. of the real estate on which the works would be carried out, as well as the availability of the real estate to Sedena.

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When looking for the payments that have been made for each work, the auditors did not find elements in accordance with the law: There is no supporting documentation for the payment obligations, estimates and generating numbers, related to the processes that include the execution, control and supervision of the 17 branches built and not operating reviewed.

These contracts refer exclusively to civil works.

Source: Superior Audit of the Federation.

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