Resolutions for funding ‘didn’t follow rules’

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

SOME charges against Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds did not follow the guidelines set by the agency, a Cebu City councilor said.

Councilor Noel Wenceslao, vice chairperson of the committee on budget and finance, made a report about what he discovered on 10 separate resolutions for funding from Pagcor.

Five charges were requests from different barangays.


Councilor Ronald Cuenco sponsored the resolution for the purchase of an ambulance for Barangay Kalunasan worth close to P500 million.

Councilor Edgardo Labella sponsored four resolutions for the purchase of 15 hand-held radios and other tools and equipment worth P278,200 for Barangay Day-As, P7,500 worth of hoses for Barangay Pulangbato, a garbage truck worth P600,000 for Barangay Cogon Ramos and communication equipment worth P301,950 for Barangay Tinago.

“It has been noted that some of the charges against Pagcor funds can be charged to the financial assistance of the Cebu City Government to the barangays under the social development component in order to expedite the purchase,” read Wenceslao’s committee report.

The other charges are for cash prizes and other expenses for various activities in Cebu City.

These include Councilor Raul Alcoseba’s separate resolutions to charge P212,800 for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Basketball League and P425,600 for the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

Devotee City

Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias wants to charge P967,920 for the Sinulog Devotee City 2013 while Councilor Sisinio Andales wants P994,700 for the implementation of the Pasko sa Sugbo 2012.

Councilor Edgardo Labella also sponsored the resolution for P495,000 for packed meals of uniformed personnel and volunteers stationed at the cemeteries during the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Wenceslao noted that some of the charges did not follow the guidelines Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat specified.

According to Pagcor, its funds should be used only for self-sustainable livelihood projects, scholarships, infrastructure projects that are essential to the community and projects connected with the delivery of basic health services.

The funds may also be used for projects designed to prevent widespread diseases or epidemics, declogging of and collection of garbage in sewers and canals, and construction of sanitary facilities in depressed areas.

Projects that have to do with the improvement of peace and order in the city, those that involve the extension of emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters and calamities and terrorism, and other projects that will help alleviate poverty may also be charged to the Pagcor funds.

Since the monthly share of Cebu City from Pagcor is only P4 million and the proposed charges are worth close to P4.8 million, Wenceslao said the items should be prioritized.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 11, 2012.

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