REPORT - 23/NOV/2014l THE Cebu City Government is allowed to use its Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds to pay for the shipping fee of donated life support equipment, says the Cebu City Legal Office. The endorsement came following a resolution authored by Councilor Dave Tumulak covering the payment of the freight of the equipment. The Council wanted to make sure the payment is proper before approving it. n a legal opinion sent to the council, lawyer Lyndon Bernardo Basan said the propriety of using Pagcor funds in relation to acquisition of hospital and life saving equipment is outlined in the letter that Pagcor Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat Jr., sent to Councilor Margarita Osmea. To be covered by the funds are projects that are connected with the delivery of basic health services including the improvement of facilities and the acquisition of needed equipment for hospitals, clinics and health centers of the City. Diseases Also up for funding are other projects designed to prevent diseases or epidemics. Declogging and collection of garbage and debris in sewers and canals, construction of sanitary facilities can also help, the letter read.
All of those mentioned may be charged under Pagcor funds. Calamities Projects which involve the extension of medical assistance to the victims of natural disasters and other calamities and terrorism are also allowed to be funded by Pagcor. The City needs to pay the Philippine peso equivalent of $56,000 for the freight and shipping fee of the donated used and new life support equipment that came from Massachusetts in the USA. The equipment include two units of used ambulances, ten inflatable boats with engines, three used speed boats and two used jet ski. All of the equipment were already turned over and are now under the custody of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) and Bantay Dagat group. RVC