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Sports center probe set next week

THE city council, sitting as a committee of the whole, would convene next week to look into the finances and management of the Don Gregorio Sports Complex.

The initial investigation would be conducted on Friday, Oct. 20, the city council’s information office revealed yesterday.

Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy tasked Councilor Jay Pascual, chairman of the committee on sports and youth development, to preside over the meeting.

Next week’s scheduled investigation is in response to a complaint brought by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya to the attention of the city council. The complaint is about the financial management of the sports facility which is owned by the provincial government, city government and education department.

The sports complex is currently being run by the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Council which, according to Nacaya, cannot be considered as a private business and legal entity. The sports complex’s manager is former councilor President Elipe, brother-in-law of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano.

Based on the complaint, Nacaya has questioned the activities of the Moisc and its purchases that were allegedly not subjected to government accounting, auditing, and procurement procedures.

The complaint, according to Nacaya, was already submitted to the Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Audit, and the Office of Ombudsman.

Nacaya said the matter is of public interest in the city given that Cagayan de Oro is a part owner of the sports facility that was built during the Marcos administration.

“We must make our own inquiry at the level of the city council and take what is for the city of Cagayan de Oro, not for the officials but for [citizens in the city] who have been paying taxes. Some of them are paying entrance fees for using the facility,” Nacaya said. (clo)

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