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Early politicking of Caloocan dads hit

CALOOCAN City treasurer Analiza Mendiola on Friday denied the claims of opposition councilors that the city government has been remiss in submitting financial reports on its disbursement of supplemental funds allocated for the city’s COVID-19 measures.

Mendiola said disbursement reports were submitted to the secretariat of the City Council in compliance with the reporting and transparency requirements of city ordinances that set aside more than P1 billion in supplemental funds to address the COVID-19 health crisis.

Mendiola said she has records that would prove that the reports were duly received by the City Council secretariat.

“We distributed almost 65,000 tablets to Grade 9 to 12 students, and two million food packs were given out from March to December. A total of P750 million in cash aid were also distributed to Caloocan City residents, including UCC students, and elementary and high school students of public schools,” Mendiola said.

Councilor Dean Asistio said he was surprised when he read the news reports as majority of city councilors knew that disbursement reports have been submitted by Mendiola’s office.

“Members of the minority in the city council were misled and given false information about the suppmental funds. Well, these things really happen when you engage in early politicking,” Asistio said as he assured residents of Caloocan City that the disbursement of COVID-19 funds were all done aboveboard and duly accounted for.

“It would be good for those who are raising baseless accusations to go around Caloocan so they can check for themselves how our administration is serving our people,” he added.

“Amid the continued threat of COVID-19 and the scare being caused by reports of a new and more contagious variant of the virus, the city government of Caloocan needs the cooperation and support of the entire City Council so we can effectively implement Mayor Oca’s programs to ensure the health and safety of our constituents. It would be insensitive for anyone to engage in politicking while a pandemic rages on,” Asistio said.