P14.5M Sinulog aid deferred

THE Cebu City Council deferred the release of the P14.5-million financial assistance to the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) that covers the expenses for this year’s Sinulog celebration.

This, after Councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña pointed out the restrictions of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the giving of cash aid to non-government organizations (NGO).

Under COA Circular 2007-0001, any local government unit cannot give aid to any NGO whose incorporator, director, organizer or officer is related to any local official involved in the approval or release of government funds.

In the case of SFI, Mayor Michael Rama is its over-all chairman.

“If we will approve the release of the fund, how will we go about the restrictions of COA?” said Osmeña.

This prompted Councilor Jose Daluz III, who sponsored the resolution, to withdraw his previous motion that seeks the council’s approval for the release of the fund.

Daluz referred his resolution to the council’s committee on laws, headed by Councilor Edgardo Labella, for comments and recommendations. (more)

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