(More PCL complaints)Councilor says food not served to some delegates PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:55

Some delegates at the Philippine Councilors League Convention (PCL) were not served food despite being registered participants.

This is the claim of a councilor from Antique after seeing at least three councilors who were reportedly not served lunch after failing to give lunch coupons to a server.

Antique councilor Neri Molina said that the three councilors are from Pangasinan.  He suspects there could be more since there were reportedly a shortage of coupons from the registration desk.

“Hindi pinakain kasi walang ID, pero registered,” Molina explained.

Molina said that they appealed to the waiters to serve the  councilors saying that they were legitimate participants.

The waiters, however, refused to do so saying they were instructed to serve only participants who present lunch coupons.

Molina’s companion, Councilor Erich Alocila, asked organizers to serve better food next time.

Molina attributed the problem to the reported arrival of a big number of walk-in delegates to the convention.

He said that from an initial number of 1,500, more than 500 more delegates arrived in Zamboanga City to attend the convention.

He said that this might also be the reason for the organizers’ failure to provide transportation for their transfer from hotel to the convention venue.

He said that all the delegates booked at their pension house, located along Canelar, boarded a tricycle to go to the venue.

Molina said that they also failed to avail of the city tour because only 200 delegates were provided with the tour.

“There are 2,000 delegates, why provide the tour to only 200?”  Molina asked.

He expressed his gratitude to Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman Councilor Cary John Pioc, who toured them around the city.

Our visit is not entirely a loss because we were able to meet the SK President, Molina said.

A PCL delegate was reportedly charged the amount of P11,500 for accommodation, transfers, and expenses connected to the convention, including kits,  identification cards and lunch coupons.

A walk-in delegate was charged P8,500 representing all expenses related to the convention, except for accommodation.

Molina said that all delegates must be provided with food because such is included in the package that they paid for.

He advised convention organizers to be better prepared next time.

He said that since the convention is being held regularly, organizers should have been prepared about the arrival of walk-in delegates and should have made ample preparations for such.

Last Wednesday, Las Piñas Vice-Mayor Louie Bustamante and the city’s councilors, walked out of the convention hall after reportedly not being allowed to enter.

Organizers, led by Convention Head former Councilor and now Tourism Regional Director Myra Abubakar, said that the group failed to present proper identification.

A companion of Bustamante, however, claimed that the group through the requisite registration process but were not tagged by convention personnel.  (RGAAGo)