by Harley F. Palangchao
Questionable solicitations that come in many forms and allegedly endorsed by City Hall haunt Baguio officials anew.
On Monday, Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda informed Mayor Mauricio Domogan about persistent reports of questionable solicitations by some groups or organizers of events for the Baguio Day celebration.
Tabanda said some complaints indicated that organizing committees of some events claim their activity is approved for inclusion in the calendar of events for Baguio Day and use the city government in their solicitation activities.
But Councilor Elmer Datuin, co-chair of the Baguio Day executive committee, said only the organizers of the search for Ms. Baguio 2014, Baguio Day Fun Run, and golf tournament are authorized to solicit.
Datuin added organizers would be required to submit a financial report after the conduct of the activities.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan also advised individuals, especially patients who were given permit to conduct charity events, not to use or make it appear that the city government is involved in the charity event.
“Individuals who secured permit must use their name as the organizer or beneficiary of the charity event. It should not mention it is supported by the city government or any office at City Hall,” Fangasan said.
Domogan warned organizers of events to stop their questionable solicitation activities.
Earlier, Domogan signed Administrative Order 215, which provides for the implementing rules and regulation on the issuance of solicitation permit in the city, as per the Local Government Code in consonance with the Department of Social Welfare and Development AO 14 or the Revised Omnibus Rules and Regulations on Public Solicitation, s. 2007.
The AO’s general policies require applicants to go through assessment process by the CSWDO before they can be endorsed to the mayor for the issuance of an authority to solicit.
The AO also provides, among other policies, no applicant will be allowed to engage in solicitation activities involving the use of lottery, raffle, bingo, and other games of chance.