By LITO RULONA
The chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation has questioned the passage and approval of the city’s Scholarship Code of 2018 during the city council’s regular session this week.
Although committee chair Edna Dahino has commended city councilors Suzette Magtajas-Daba and Ian Mark Nacaya for authoring Ordinance No. 2018-1, she said the code in “unclear, hazy, and ambigious.”
“Kinahanglan klaro ang qualifications ug amount of money that they can allocate every year,” she said.
City councilors George Goking; Teodulfo Lao, Jr., Nadya Emano-Elipe; Leon Gan, Jr. and Lordan Suan favored Dahino’s point. However, they were outvoted during the passage of the ordinance.
“After I reviewed the ordinance, there are a lot of things that need to be clarified. First, there was no specific amount to be used for the scholarship program and to what extent (will the) city provide scholarship to those who will (qualify). Second, the previous ordinance for scholarship program has the specific amount to be given to the beneficiaries, and third, the qualifications are unclear,” she pointed out.
She said she learned that any person even coming from other provinces, who have lived in the city for six months, could avail of the scholarship.
“Charity begins at home and allowing any individual coming from other cities and provinces as long as they could stay for the past six months, is very unfair to Kagayanons,” said Dahino.
Dahino added the city’s scholarship program should prioritize its constituents instead of accepting other individual coming from other provinces and cities.
“This ordinance must be reviewed and (studied) more,” she blurted.