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Sinulog 2020: No funding for SFI?

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Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama said the Sinulog Foundation, Inc. (SFI) will not get any funding from the city government for next year’s Sinulog festival.

The P35 million allotted for its celebration “will be kept by the city government and somebody from the city government will be the one to personally disburse the amount,” said Rama, former SFI chair.

This was reportedly discussed during the hearing for the annual budget for 2020 proposed by Mayor Edgardo Labella last Monday. (https://bit.ly/35iXcE6)

Labella is proposing a budget of P784 million, which includes the P35 million for the Sinulog.

Rama stressed the importance of financial help from the city government as it is being used for prizes and subsidies.

While the executive department says the move is to maintain checks and balances, the vice mayor said: “There’s no such thing as check and balance because there is no balance to the check and there is no amount to be checked. Because this P35 million will never be received by the Sinulog Foundation.”

In August, Labella signed an executive order (EO) creating the Sinulog Governing Board to organize and oversee the Sinulog fest held every January.

The Board will serve as the regulatory board that will oversee SFI and its executive committee, the EO read.