Council wants fund requests to be detailed

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


THE Cebu City Council wants strict itemization of requests for funding.

The committee on social services, through Councilor Gerardo Carillo, asked City Market Administrator Raquel Arce to provide a breakdown of the P20 million she requested for the renovation of the Pasil Fish Port and Market.

Arce asked that the amount be taken from the calamity fund as the market was damaged during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15. Five persons were killed when a portion of the market collapsed.

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“Due to the vital role of the Pasil Fish Market and Fish Port in trade and commerce, there is a need to rehabilitate or renovate the facilities immediately. However, as forwarded in this office, nowhere in the records would show the breakdown of expenditures as to how the market administrator came up with the amount,” read the report of the committee on social services.

Transparency

Carillo, who wrote the report as chairman of the committee on social services, said there should be transparency in transactions.

It asked additional documentation from Arce, such as the scope of work with the necessary expenditure.

The committee on budget and finance, on the other hand, required for a breakdown of freight and shipping expenses of donated medical equipment from the United States.

Councilors Dave Tumulak and James Cuenco proposed a resolution charging $56,000 in freight and shipping fees to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. funds.

Week

But Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the committees on budget and finance, gave Tumulak and Cuenco a week to submit the breakdown to the council.

The medical equipment is donated by Phil Equipments and Logistics LLC, through chairperson Oliver Lagare. These were shipped from Massachusetts in the United States.

The donation includes two used ambulances, 10 inflatable boats with engine, three used speed boats and two jet skis.

The equipment is at the Cebu International Port.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 08, 2014.

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