Issue of September 29, 2019
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4 barangays allowed to hold two-week bingo fundraising
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Barangays granted authority to conduct bingo social activities for their fund-raising drives will be subjected to stricter rules to ensure that they will abide by the guidelines set for the conduct of said activities.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong last week was poised to reject proposals from barangays to conduct bingo socials after receiving reports that illegal games like drop ball had resurfaced in some areas.

The reports prompted the mayor to order raids of these illegal activities and also made him think twice about allowing such activities.

After considering the plight of the barangays needing funds to sustain their programs, the mayor agreed with Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Michael Lawana to allow the four barangays that submitted resolutions requesting authority to conduct their fund-raising games. 

In separate endorsements issued by Lawana, barangays Lower Magsaysay, Kayang-Hilltop, Kagitingan, and Rizal Monument were given the green light to run bingo games for 15 days from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4 in their respective barangays subject to conditions.

Among the terms was the strict compliance with Administrative Order 79 s. 2012 which sets the guidelines in the operation of bingo social activities in the city and the Local Government Code.

Under AO 79 approved at the time of former mayor Mauricio Domogan, the barangays are required to submit a resolution and a project proposal detailing where the event’s proceeds will go and an after-activity audited financial report.  

No persons below 18 years of age will be allowed to play or loiter around the place and that prizes must all be in-kind.

Based on the ABC endorsement, the bingo social activities must be confined within the premises of the barangay and must not include any other kind of illegal gambling or games.

The Baguio City Police office was tasked to monitor the activities to ensure that no gambling activities or illegal games are allowed.

Apart from this, the barangay must ensure that peace and order and sanitation are observed within the premises.

Violation of any of the conditions would automatically revoke the endorsement.

In view of this, the mayor said they will come up with ways on how the city can help empower the barangays not only in terms of allowing them to conduct such fund-raising activities but also through sustainable and more meaningful projects. 

Upon his assumption as chief executive, Magalong issues marching orders that included the stoppage of all gambling activities in the city.

He urged the public to help in the monitoring of these barangay activities and to report any violation. 

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