SPORTS Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William “Butch” Ramirez assured Dabawenyos that the 2014 Kadayawan Sports Festival will push through as scheduled in August.

The planning for the Kadayawan sportsfest was stalled after local national sports associations (NSAs) and other sports organizers complained about the delays of their officiating fees in the Araw ng Dabaw sportsfest last March and Davao City Summer Sports for Peace Festival in May. Technical officials who rendered services in these two sportsfests have yet to receive their officiating fees.

Ramirez, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao at his office, said their office did not cause the delay as the papers are already with the accounting office.

“Kami diri sa office gihatag na namo ang mga papers sa accounting department pero nadugay sa ilaha kay daghan sila ug ginapangita na requirements na ginaasikaso pa namo karon (We have already submitted all papers to the accounting department for the release of the budget. We are still complying with the other requirements they are looking for)," Ramirez said.

Ramirez, meanwhile, advised all NSAs and sports groups that the budget for the Araw ng Dabaw and Summer sports meets may be released this week. Technical officials will receive P3,000 to P5,000.

Karatedo's Bern Rexander Tacay, in a phone interview, said they're having second thoughts on organizing an event for Kadayawan.

“Unsaon man nato pagkuha sa mga officials kung naa pa mi kulang na balance na wala nabayaran sa ilaha? (How can we get the services of these officials if we still have unpaid balances with them?),” Tacay added.

Tacay said they will start preparation for the Kadayawan karatefest once they receive their officiating fees. He, however, hopes it will be released before the month ends.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto said he understands the situation of the city sports office but he hopes that this will not happen in future activities.

Ramirez added that they don't have control over matters handled by the accounting office, apologizing for the inconvenience the delays have brought technical officials.

“Nagstricto man gud ang Commission on Audit (COA) sa mga requirements, tapos daghan man sa ilaha ang wala nagsubmit ug kompleto na requirements so mao nadugay (COA has been strict in checking requirement papers needed before releasing the budget. The problem now is that some of them were not able to submit all requirements so it caused the delay),” Ramirez said.

The SDD-CMO, he said, is not obliged to provide them with a budget for these sports events but they are doing this to help them promote their sports in the city.

Even Ramirez himself is contributed his own money just to conduct sports activities.

“Kadtong Independence day kay nagpaliga ko ug basketball ug volleyball kay mingaw man pero akong gipangbayad sa officiating kay akoang kwarta na (During the Independence day, I organized basketball and volleyball tournaments but I used my own money to pay for the official’s fees and prizes)” he added.

In a separate interview with Sunstar Davao, Balibolista de Dabaw's Abet Bernan understood the reason behind the delays. He knows that COA has been strict in releasing budget and he is confident that the budget will come out soon.

Ramirez also assured everyone that this kind of inconvenience will not happen again.

NSA representatives and other sports groups met with SDD-CMO's Rico Jhone Biliran Monday to discuss the Kadayawan sportsfest. (KRP)