After ABC polls, brgys. vow to pay dues

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE barangays in Cebu City who have not been paying their annual dues to the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) for the past years vowed to settle their obligations now that the group has a new leader.

These barangays are Basak San Nicolas, Basak Pardo, Day-as, Lahug, Inayawan, Punta Princesa and Agsungot.

In an interview yesterday, the newly-elected ABC chief Tisa Barangay Captain Philip Zafra said that the seven barangays already vowed to support his administration.

“A day before the ABC elections (Dec. 18) and a week before the election, they gave me a note nga mobayad na gyud sila,” he said.

Zafra as well as the leaders of the seven barangays are allies of Team Rama headed by Mayor Michael Rama.

ABC was previously headed by then barangay captain now barangay councilor of T. Padilla Michael Ralota, who is a member of Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) headed by former south district representative Tomas Osmeña.

Based on the ABC’s constitution and by-laws, the dues the barangays are required to pay include the P25,000 equal sharing distribution and a percentage of their annual revenues.

Asked if he fears there will be BOPK-allied barangays who will now withhold payment of their annual ABC dues since he is now the president, Zafra said he trust them that they will not do so.

“Kay bisan katong sa una nga chief of staff pa ta ni mayor, amigo man nato na sila,” he said.

The dues that the barangays pay to the ABC are used as hospitalization and burial assistance to barangay officials and employees.

Barangay captains get P20,000 hospitalization assistance and P30,000 burial assistance from the ABC.

Burial assistance

Barangay councilors, on the other hand, get P10,000 for hospitalization and P20,000 as burial assistance while other barangay officials and employees get P5,000 for hospitalization and P10,000 each as burial assistance.

Now that he is the ABC president, Zafra said he will try to unify all the 80 barangays in the city regardless of political affiliation.

“ABC will serve as a link to all the 80 villages,” he said.

Zafra also said the ABC will help barangays strictly implement the no-build zone within the three-meter easement of creek and rivers, intensify garbage collection and address drainage problems among others.

After winning the ABC elections, Zafra will be sitting in the council as its ex-officio member.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2013.

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