Kasadya Foundation’s accreditation a ‘courtesy’-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KASADYA Bacolod Foundation, Inc. chairman and MassKara Festival director Rhoderick Samonte said their application for accreditation with the City Government is a show of courtesy to the local government.
The denial of their application as per opinion by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will not matter insofar as their task to run the 33rd MassKara Festival because the foundation will not get public funds from the city.
"If the city has subsidy for the barangays, the said funds will go directly to the hands of the barangay," Samonte said.
The city accreditation will only become material to their existence as a foundation, should they get or access to public funds which they don't intend to do because they will source funds from private donors and sponsorships.
"If we cannot get funds from the city, it will be okay because we don't intend to indeed get funds from the city," he said. It will not affect their operation as the organization tasked by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to plan and implement programs and activities for the MassKara Festival celebration.
DILG regional director Evelyn Trompeta, in her opinion, said that the foundation should comply with the one-year provision of the law.
Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc. had their Securities and Exchange Commission registration only last month and would be impossible to comply with the requirement, the DILG said.
Councilor Caesar Distrito sought the opinion of DILG following the receipt of the application for accreditation by Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 25, 2013.