Councilor lambasts Kadayawan mismanagement

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A DAVAO CITY councilor lambasted on Tuesday the system that the Kadayawan executive committee (execom) implemented on the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan.

Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr. said he wants some changes especially on the persons in position adding that some people are manipulating how the budget is released.

He said he can no longer hide his sentiments on the way the persons assigned managed the activity.


But Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, spokesperson for the festival, said they still have to meet and assess the festival to see what really went wrong.

In an interview at his residence, Ibuyan on Tuesday pointed out several issues on Indak-indak sa Kadalanan alone where he was assigned as the event director.

First, he said, some of the hired marshals were not paid yet. Unlike the previous Kadayawan, the marshals received their honoraria immediately after the activity.

Second, he claimed that the itemized budget was prepared without his approval. The budget approved for the Indak-indak was P2,960,000, based on a copy showed by Ibuyan.

He also said the members of the Indak-indak committee withdrew cash without his signature affixed on the document.

Ibuyan also lambasted the way the budget were allotted, making it appear that he had a hand in the allocation.

"Dakong bakak kay sila man naghimo ani. Wala ko nagdugang ani miski piso. Ready-made na ni siya (They were the ones who made this itemized budget. I did not add even a single peso. This was ready-made)," Ibuyan told GMA Davao and Sun.Star Davao.

Ibuyan withheld the identities of the persons he was referring to.

"Okay ra man unta pero lain lang kay mukuha diay ka ug cash advance didto, dili mupirma ang chairman? Pwede diay ka mukuha ug cash advance nga ikaw ikaw ra (Spending what's on the budget is okay, but should you take out a cash advance without the signature of the chairman)," he asked.

Third, he claimed that the street showdown judges were the same persons who handled and organized the event.

Fourth, the committee just told him that several schools declined to join the contest 15 days before the festival.

"Gusto nako change. The same person man gud ang gatuyok. Sila lang ba gyud ang gamhanan sa kalibutan? Ngano sila man nga naa man tay City Tourism Office? Wala na tay lain makuha (The same people are doing everything. It's like they're the only ones who have a hand in the festival as if we do not have a City Tourism Office. Can't we get other people)?" Ibuyan asked.

"Ang lain nako kulang sa respeto, kulang sa cooperation, kulang sa coordination. Mag butang ug tao walay advise nga ani imong buhaton. Ngano ingon ani man pagpadagan (There is lack of respect, lack of cooperation, lack of coordinaton. People are assigned without proper advise on what his role is and what the procedures are. Why is it like that)?" he added.
Meanwhile, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre also reacted to complaints raised by Ibuyan.

"I cannot tell you the complete scenario kay wala pa mi nag meet ug kung kumusta ang dagan sa tanan. I don't know about it kay sila ang nag gunit (We have not met and assessed how Kadayawan went. I don't know anything yet because they were the ones on the ground)," Alejandre told reporters at the sidelines of the regular session Tuesday.

"Walay report sa amoa sa execom nga naay problema. Ang media pa gani mismo nag-ingon ana. So let me know asa gikan? Wala siya nag sulti sa akoa being the spokesperson. I heard wala pud nakabalo ang uban officials sa execom about ani (No one has reported to the execom that there is a problem. I just learned it from the media. Let me know where the problem arose because no one told me anything when I am the spokesperson. I also heard that other members of the execom do not know anything about this)," he added.

As of Tuesday, Alejandre said the marshals were already paid their P500 honorarium. He said he is confused why they are asking for an additional payment.

He said he hopes to clarify all issues during the Kadayawan execom meeting today, Wednesday.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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