Olasiman admits encashing fiesta sponsor cheques PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:56

By BHONG SIMBAJON

An Executive Assistant of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar has admitted to receiving and encashing cheque donations for fiesta sponsorships in his name, a practice said to contravene government rules.

The Executive Assistant, Christian Olasiman, was designated by City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco to take charge of events related to the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival since the year 2015.

Olasiman’s admission stemmed from a privilege speech by Councilor Rudy Lim revealing that a city hall employee, and not the city government of Zamboanga, has been the payee for a P45,000 cheque issued by a beverage company to sponsor the “Danza Verano,” an event under Zamboanga Hermosa.

Lim also presented an acknowledgment receipt under the name of Olasiman for a telecommunication company’s sponsorship amounting to P150,000.

During the dialogue yesterday, Olasiman admitted encashing the cheques but said that these are all accounted for and properly disbursed.

He said that the issuance of cheques in his name by some sponsors has become a matter of course since he was designated as the Events Head by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar since the year 2015.

Olasiman also admitted that the practice of receiving cheques for government events in his name and encashing the same had been ongoing for events other than the Zamboanga Hermosa

He said that he also received cheques in his name for this year’s Summer Festival.

For the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, Olasiman said that he himself encashed the cheques instead of asking donors to change the name of the payee or presenting the cheques to the Office of the City Treasurer.

Olasiman also admitted hat he has been sending solicitation letters to prospective sponsors as Events Head to defray the expenses for the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

The city government appropriated the amount of P5.072-million for the 2017 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

Cash sponsorships for the festival amounted to P1.175-million.

Total expenditures for the festival amounted to P6,293,908.71.  Remaining balance amounted to P46,908.71, based on figures released by City Hall.  (Bhong Simbajon)