Issue of September 17, 2017
Mt. Province

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Barangay consultations needed to settle e-bingo entry in LT
by Ofelia C. Empian

More public consultations will still be conducted in the 16 barangays of La Trinidad, Benguet to determine the town’s stand on the entry of e-bingo.

Councilor Guiller Galwan, chair of the committee on ways and means, said the results of the barangay consultations will help them craft their final resolution on e-bingo.

“We will task the barangay chairmen to lead the conduct public consultation on e-bingo where all reactions will be submitted to the municipality,” Galwan said.

In the public consultation attended by 68 individuals including representatives of various organizations from the academe, religious sector, and civil society organizations majority opposed the entry of e-bingo in the locality.

The residents, including former mayor Edna Tabanda argued that the entry of e-bingo has negative effects to families since it is also a form of a gambling.

Galwan added those who are not present are welcome to submit their position papers to the sangguniang bayan for consideration. 

“We will give them one month to hopefully finish their public consultations before we finalize our resolution,” he said.

Earlier, the town council also passed a resolution “expressing legislative inquiry relative to the operation and management of small town lottery” in the municipality.

The resolution stated that the operation and management of STL in the town “has allegedly started without the knowledge and proper information as a matter of procedure or courtesy” to the local government unit.

“The rule of engagement on this particular activity between the national and local government was not clearly defined and secured particularly on the sharing of revenue or shares, appropriate conduct of collections, jurisdictions and limitations in the collection of bets, etc.,” the resolution stated.

Copies of the resolution were submitted to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año; the chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office; and the Police Regional Office-Cordillera.

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