NEWS: Comval Liga congress coughs up at least P6 million savings- estimates

Short-changed?
Laak Mayor Navarro enraged over Liga prexy’s statement

april 21

At P5,000 registration fee per delegate, the three-day provincial Liga ng Barangay Congress of Compostela Valley that was concluded yesterday at CAP auditorium in Davao City could easily cough up a windfall of not less P8 million, and at least P6 million of which as organizational savings in rough estimates, despite allegations that delegates were short-changed of good provisions by their leaders.
The congress was attended by over 1,600 barangay captains, kagawads and barangay staff like the barangay treasurers and secretaries.
The supposed registration fee per delegate was actually P6,000 but only P5,000 went to the Federation of the Associations of Barangay Captains (FABC) as the P1,000 was refunded to the participants as budget for their live-out accomodation or lodging expense.
“Of course, they could have savings, it’s just like one plus one, binoldihon lang na, kuha na (it could easily be counted),” said Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro, former FABC president, who was succeeded by present FABC president Abundio Cubio.
Navarro was enraged that his name was dropped by Cubio during yesterday’s plenary session when a female barangay kagawad from Nabunturan questioned why Cubio could not present the Liga’s financial report specifically the expenses of the last Liga congress two years ago held at NCCC Mall in Maa, Davao City.
The barangay kagawad also called for the present Liga officers to give running financial report such as the collections and expenses of the recently concluded congress, but her motion was drawn out by other matters before it could make a ruckus in the plenary and until the Liga congress adjourned before lunchtime.
Cubio said that Navarro had not made turnover of report and money of the Liga when he took over the FABC’s leadership, but Cubio promised to provide the financial report of the recent congress once it is completed through the municipal ligas.
Mayor Navarro in a text message to an inquiring broadcaster said that Cubio’s term as FABC president is about to end and yet he has not gone around visiting all the 11 municipalities in the province. “What has he done during his term?” he asked.
At press time, Cubio has not yet replied for comments on the issue involving him.
Navarro said that the other night before the Liga members he reported that the remaining money of FABC went for the completion of FABC building, mortuary and hospitalization assistance for FABC members who died or were hospitalized, Lakbay Aral of ABC presidents and for things needed inside the FABC building.
“Protocol dictates courtesy for me from him,” the town mayor said adding that Cubio being his successor ought to seek from him to be apprised of the organization’s prior status before suddenly dropping his name before a huge members in congress.
At P5,000 per delegates and with the over 1,600 delegates, the income from the recent congress easily translates to at least P8 million.
In a check, the CAP auditorium for the about two-day duration in terms of conference hours cost the Liga P255,000 as bared by CAP vice president Chris Garcisto.
Add it with at least P560,000 for the 5 meals and 4 snacks based on the P350 per delegate package food cost as bared by Edgar Campana, manager of the Pots and Grills in Tagum City, which catered the food for the delegates.
Souvenir items for each delegate consisting of black traveling bag and polo shirt were estimated to be at the maximum of P300 each.
Raffle prizes consisting of TV set, small refrigerator, cellphones, flat iron, video player and others could run to about P150,000.
Expenses total thus far to at least P1,445,000.
“Even if you round the expenses off by P2 million, resulting to an extravagant estimate of P555,000 for the about P100,000 for the speakers’ honorarium and transportation, air fare and other purported incidental expenses, and maybe R & R for officials, the Liga congress can really amass great savings for the FABC members’ welfare,” said a barangay kagawad from Maco who asked for anonymity.
At a cool P2 million expense, and at least P8 million income from registration fees, the Comval FABC can cough up at least P6 million savings for its projects and services.
“The money from savings should be deposited in the bank, and withdrawn from time to time for Liga’s projects and to benefit the members,” said Compostela poblacion barangay captain Willy Ang.
Among those who graced the congress as guests and speakers were Edwin Elorde, executive vice president of Liga-Mindanao, DILG XI regional director Quirino Libunao, provincial and municipal officials led by Governor Arutruo Uy in Compostela Valley, and officials from various national agencies.
Meanwhile, many kagawads interviewed also described that the CAP auditorium was “ipit ra (narrow)” venue for the huge Liga members, while the foods served throughout the occasion usually consisted of dry courses less those with much soup.
“Kanya-kanya na lang mi nangita ug katulgan (we just find our own place to sleep),” said another kagawad.
Mayor Navarro, in separate interview, said that in 2007 Liga congress the registration fee was only P3,500 and the P1,000 of it was refunded for the delegates’ billeting expense. It was also a live-out affair.
It was though reported that a few delegates had failed to completely pay the total registration fee for their respective groups as they were still processing their barangay vouchers.
The barangay delegates, who were on official business (OB) for the congress, withdrew money from their own barangay coffers for their registration fees, refund for accommodation, transportation, and per diem allowances depending on the resources of their respective barangays. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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