Council refers “2.5-M question” to COA Print
Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:03

Can the City Government of Zamboanga grant an annual subsidy to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Zamboanga City Chapter.

This is the query of local lawmakers as they seek a legal opinion from the Commission on Audit  to explain the status of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC.)

The question is important for purposes of allocating funding for the organization.

“Once and for all quiere kita sabe si allowed ba el city dale financial assistance to PRC para properly guided kita,” said councilor Jihan Edding, the author of the resolution which was approved during last Tuesday’s regular session.

For his part, Councilor Cesar Jimenez said that the Supreme Court has already decided on an enbanc resolution in 2011 that the Philippine National Red Cross, now known as the Philippine Red Cross, is considered as “sui generis” or a class by itself that is unique and neither public nor private.

For the purpose of making a ruling, Senator Richard Gordon can continue to sit as senator while concurrently serving as PRC President.

For other controversies however, such will be taken on a case to case basis.

“Na issue whether pwede kita dale el P2.5-million na PRC Zamboanga Chapter is on a case to case basis.  We have to clarify this cay ese issue was not resolved in that SC decision,” Jimenez explained.

Recall that the City Council has deferred the P2.5-million yearly subsidy allocated by the city government to the PRC Zamboanga City Chapter because the Council wants to know if poor residents are benefiting from the program.  (RGAAGo)