City dad pushes ordinance outlining prohibited acts in handling of relief goods

February 4, 2015 5:37 am 

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 3 — The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has approved on first reading Tuesday an ordinance that outlines prohibited acts in the acquisition, handling and distribution of relief goods, equipment and other commodities intended for victims of calamities and disasters in the city here.

Proponent councilor Nielex C. Tupas said that the ordinance would like to make sure that items intended for disaster victims would really benefit them, will be appropriately used by recipients and will not be resold or diverted.

Among others, Tupas said that goods should not be sold nor diverted for other purposes such as “ukay-ukay,” places where the items should go shall be identified and a specific recognized entity will be allowed to accept donations.

“This is only on the first reading. It is still up for discussion, deliberation and modification because we are aiming for a quality legislation,” he said.

Tupas believed that the proposed ordinance could serve as deterrent as well as protection to the affected sector.

Sanctions will also be imposed against violators with cascading fines depending on the number of violations that maybe committed by a particular entity, individual or organization. (PNA)



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