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Barangays in Koronadal City to give shares for Oct 28 polls
By: Danilo E. Doguiles
Wednesday 9th of October 2013

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato   Oct 9 (PIA)   --  Barangay  officials  here  have decided  to comply   with the  Commission on Elections (Comelec)   resolution  requiring the  barangays  to  contribute funds  for  the conduct of  barangay polls on October 28.

 

City Election Officer  Evangeline  Basan  told  local  media  that  the Association of Barangay (ABC) President  Sagin Monday  has confirmed  that  the  27 barangay councils  in the city  has decided  to pay the amount  required  by the poll body.

 

This, she added, after  the Commission  on Audit (COA)  12  explained  to the  ABC through a letter that there  would be no  hitches with their  disbursement of  funds  should they  shell  out  at least  P10,000   from the  local  funds  for  the said  purpose.

 

Per Comelec Resolution No.  9739   promulgated  on  July  10,   local  government units  are  required to  contribute  at least P10,000   but  not  more than 10 percent of their general  funds.

 

The  funds  will be used  to  augment the P1.7 billion    allocation of Comelec  approved  by the  Congress  for  the   2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.   The  resolution was released  before the  Congress’s  decision to postpone the  SK  election.

 

The same  resolution  elaborated that the  funds will  be spent for the   P500 transportation allowance  and additional  honoraria  of the members of the  Board of Election Tellers as well as  for trainings and  meeting.

 

“The amounts shall be released by the LGUs to the Election Officers. For this purpose, field officials of the Commission are directed to extend cooperation and assistance in the disbursement of these amounts,” it continues.
 

Basan  said the barangay  councils  have  until  October  18  to remit  their  shares.

 

She  pointed out  further  that  after the deadline,  they will submit to Comelec  Central  Office a list of  barangays  that  paid their  required shares  and those  that  failed to  comply with the order.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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