A resolution requesting the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. to submit a detailed report on the expenses incurred and finances received for the 20-day MassKara Festival celebration, was approved yesterday by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
The resolution was authored by Councilor Roberto Rojas and co-authored by Councilor Alex Paglumutan, chairmen of the SP Committee on Appropriation and Finance, and the Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry, respectively.
The resolution said the City Government of Bacolod appropriated funds for the various activities of the MassKara celebration each year.
It said the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. was delegated by Mayor Monico Puentevella to organize and handle the 13th edition of the MassKara celebration.
Considerable resources were needed by KBFI, as the organizer of the huge event, to plan and manage the festival, the resolution said.
Meanwhile, an ordinance imposing obligations to fix lines and existing posts and exacting fees from the power utilities; distribution utilities, water utilities, cable operators for the use and occupancy of city’s roads, right of way, aerial spaces and passage ways, was authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito.
The resolution said damaged electric wires and cables of utilities and other similar companies in the streets and posts poses great hazard both to the lives of motorists and passersby.
The proper repair and re-installation of all sagging wires and cables are responsibilities of the public utilities concerned. If not properly repaired, this can result in fire incidents, it said.
Distrito, chairman of the SP Committee on Laws, Ordinance and Good Government, also noted that power utilities and other distribution utilities pass on their systems loss to their consumers every year.
Similarly, local government units suffer the same disadvantage by paying the additional cost passed on to them as corporate consumers thereby depleting its development funds to the detriment of public consumers as its inhabitants and beneficiaries, he said.
Distrito also pointed out that both LGU and its citizens, as corporate and individual power consumers, can serve as watchdogs against pilferage, transmissions and any other form of thievery.*CGS