NO ACCREDITATION? Foundation hits snag after Dinagyang launching

first_img“Probably, the IFFI could have a jointventure or undertaking with an organization already accredited,” Peñaredondosuggested. * community-based and sectoral-based,with project development and implementation track record of at least one year IDFI got Treñas’ ire in January thisyear for not inviting him to the festival. It was learned yesterday that IDFI wasseeking to renew its accreditation with the city government. The SP, however,was yet to act on its application. During the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s(SP) deliberation yesterday on IFFI’s application for accreditation, citycouncilors agreed to defer taking action after Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondopointed out that the foundation may not be able to meet the accreditationguidelines. But Peñaredondo may have misunderstoodDILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72, a former Commission on Audit (COA) Region6 official told Panay News. Also,the former official added, “If the city government wanted to release funds tothe participating public schools, then it has to observe the guidelinesprovided in COA Circular No. 94-013.” * reliability, as evidenced by thepreparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified bythe board secretary of the organization ILOILO City – A day after announcingthat the city government would be allotting a P25-million assistance to theIloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) that has been tapped to handle the2020 edition of Dinagyang Festival, Mayor Jerry Treñas said yesterday nogovernment fund would be released to the foundation. After learning of the SP’s decision todefer taking action on IFFI’s accreditation, Treñas said, “The foundation willnot receive any funds from the city.” Accordingto the former COA official, “the applicable guidelines insofar as accreditationof nongovernment organizations, but necessarilyto be done by sanggunian, is COA CircularNo. 2007-01 as reiterated in COA Circular No. 2012-001.” “Itbears stressing that according to Item 2.3 (of the memo), its issuance intendedto cover accreditation for purpose of representation in the local specialbodies, not for joint venture implementation of projects,” according to theformer COA official who asked not to be identified. Treñas, however, said he wouldcontinue coordinating with the IFFI so that the Local Government Code and DILGrequirements would be met. In a previous interview, Treñas saidthat as an official of the city (he was the congressman then), he should havebeen invited and that the festival should have been spared from politics. Hewas then running against the incumbent mayor, Jose Espinosa III. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.(IDFI) used to be the city government’s partner in organizing the annualDinagyang but in June this year Treñas announced a new foundation would beformed to manage the festival starting this January 2020.center_img Item2.3 of the memo read: “This Memorandum Circular shall only involve theaccreditation process for civil society organizations for purpose ofrepresentation in the local special bodies.” The IFFI was organized only in Julythis year and its officers were inducted by Treñas only this Monday, Sept. 16,on the same day the mayor announced a P25-million city government assistance tothe foundation. It was during Treñas’ term as mayorfrom 2001 to 2010 that the private sector – the IDFI for that matter – wastapped asofficial managing partner of the citygovernment and the Parish of San Jose de Placer for the Dinagyang. DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72released on May 22, 2019 listed the requirements for local governmentaccreditation of civil society organizations. Two of these were: Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The IFFI is a new organization. It isimpossible to accredit it at this time. We would all be held liable forviolating the Local Government Code and the DILG memo circular,” Peñaredondowarned fellow councilors. Peñaredondo,meanwhile, stressed that IFFI could continueoperating and “help the city of Iloilo in whatever undertaking through amemorandum of agreement, but as far as funding this organization, it isprohibited.” The city government will releaseDinagyang money directly to the participating schools and festival-relatedactivities. The city mayor apparently overlooked arequirement set by the Local Government Code and Department of Interiorand Local Government (DILG). No fund could be released to civil societyorganizations not accredited by the local government unit. In deciding to drop IDFI, Treñas saidthere were people in the foundation he could no longer work with. He also said the IDFI had no ownershipor exclusive right over the staging of Dinagyang “kay ti iya ina sang pumoluyo sang syudad.” According to Peñaredondo, the IFFIlacked track record (at least one year) and financial records required by theLocal Government Code and DILG. During the Dinagyang 2020 launching onMonday, the IFFI bared 11 festival-related activities: Iloilo Dinagyang ArtFestival (Jan. 18 to 25), Ilonggo Food Festival (Jan. 23 to 26), Miss Iloilo2020 (Jan. 24), Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika (Jan. 24), fluvial and solemnfoot procession (Jan. 24), Floats Parade of Lights (Jan. 24), fireworksdisplay (Jan. 24), Dinagyang sa Calle Real (Jan. 25), Festive Parade SponsorsMardi Gras (Jan. 25), religious sadsad (Jan.25), and Dinagyang 360° (Jan. 26)./PNlast_img

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