Tougher fund raising guidelines pushed

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Monday, July 7, 2014


FUND-RAISING for sport activities will soon have a stiffer guidelines approval from the city government once the council passes the proposed ordinance adopting the rules and regulations in the conduct of fund-raising activities in the city.

In accordance with Presidential Decree 1564, otherwise known as the Solicitation Permit Law, proponents Councilors Lourdes Tabanda and Elaine Sembrano filed a modification and adoption of new rules and regulations regarding the conduct of sports fund-raising activities.

Tabanda, chairperson for the Committee on Social Services, Women and Urban Poor told Sun.Star Baguio the proposal aims regulate solicitation for fund raising activities.

“Fun run is included in the ordinance. We would like to regulate the activities dahil according to reports ginagawa na daw itong pagkakitaan ng ibang tao,” Tabanda said.

Tabanda said during the public consultation done recently at the Baguio City Hall, many locals who attended were amenable with the inclusion of sports find raising events in the proposed ordinance.

She added with the proposed ordinance, private individuals including non-sectoral groups who intend to organize events for self-gain will be controlled.

“Hindi lang naman sa sports but also sa lahat ng methods of solicitations na involved. We want to make sure kapag sa mga activity like those kung sino man ang magiging beneficiary will fully take profit from any of those activity,” Tabanda quipped.

According to the proposal, the city will collect processing fees to all activities and will have the right to suspend and revoke the permits issued upon complaints.

“Kasama na rin dito ang requirement to ask a full summary report after the activity lalo na kapag mayroong individual assumed as beneficiary. Dapat yung proceeds ng kung ano man yang solicitation event na 'yan mapunta sa kanila ng buo,” Tabanda said.

The lady alderman said all solicitation projects should not generate income to the organizers of any events.

“Dapat kasi nasa 85 percent ng generated funds ang pupunta sa cause and the other 15 will be the only thing used sa operational expense. Wala dapat pupunta sa organizer and so on,” Tabanda stressed.

Meanwhile, the City Sports Office is backing the proposal but asked for considerations in exempting collection of processing fees for individuals needing assistance.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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