A GROUP of technical officials is crying foul over what it alleged was unfair treatment from the Department of Education in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, laguna.
Billiards Sports Confederation of the Philippines president Bong Ilagan told Spin.ph that some of his officials have now written a letter to the DepEd to complain about its alleged failure to pay in full their promised allowances for the May 4-10 conclave.
“Hindi sila binayaran in full. Most of them are now writing in protest, they are protesting the development. Sana matulungan sila ng media, kawawa yung mga tao,” said Ilagan.
“Napaka-unfair naman kasi they sacrificed (na mawala ng ilang araw sa pamilya nila) and then uuwi sila ng walang iuuwi sa pamilya nila,” added the longtime billiards official.
Ilagan revealed that DepEd officials promised to pay the tournament directors P3,500 a day (and 2,500 for assistant tournament directors) for the duration of the 10-day meet, while his referees were told they will receive P1,500 a day as honoraria.
“Kaso hindi nasunod yung usapan. They (DepEd) blame COA (Commission on Audit), kasi hindi raw allowed yung ganun. Disappointed lahat ang staff namin. Hindi lang billiards pati wushu, boxing, chess and table tennis,” said Ilagan.
Ilagan revealed that his officials were only given partial payments, which will no longer be paid in full.
According to the officials, only a fraction of the agreed amount was given - P9,500 for tournament directors and assistant directors, while the referees still have a balance of P5,000, they claimed.
“They are all disappointed, ang sabi daw ng DepEd, hindi na raw mabibigay kasi binabawalan na raw ng COA, eh Problema bakit hindi nila agad sinabi. Matagal na pa lang hindi ina-allow ng COA, bakit hindi agad sinabi,” said the BSCP president.
“They’re writing DepEd, they will complain. 'Pag hindi nabayaran yan, hindi na kami tutulong. Pambihira naman sila, pinakiusap ko lang itong mga technical people na ito. 'Yung iba dyan nag leave pa sa mga trabaho nila, nabawasan ng sweldo, tapos wala rin palang mangyayari,” said Ilagan.