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Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

THE past days saw the Jaime V. Ong­pin Foun­da­tion be­ing au­dited. From per­for­mance, to fund sourc­ing, and the com­po­si­tion of the board. All this, will de­ter­mine whether it could still con­tinue on as a foun­da­tion.

All th­ese were not present some time ago. The foun­da­tion op­er­ated and im­ple­mented projects, to those in need. As sim­ple as that. As of late, all th­ese have changed. Some ‘body’ is now tasked to mon­i­tor foun­da­tions and check if they are in­deed per­form­ing as a foun­da­tion. A real foun­da­tion.

If Juan would re­call, the Napoles is­sue with the Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Fund (PDAF), was all about leg­is­la­tors, Con­gress­men and Sen­a­tors and their foun­da­tions. Fake ones at that.

Funds were be­ing si­phoned off to th­ese foun­da­tions and were not be­ing au­dited. It has been a long stand­ing prac­tice. Juan does not know any­thing about it, un­til Napoles. Now Juan does.

Un­for­tu­nately for the real foun­da­tions, we are now at the mercy of gov­ern­ment to be check upon as foun­da­tions. I can­not blame them from what has hap­pened, but very tax­ing for the real ones which is af­fected from im­ple­ment­ing good for the com­mu­ni­ties and sec­tors that need us.

As a young boy and new­bie in pol­i­tics, I had my own too. The YES Foun­da­tion, it meant for Youth, Ed­u­ca­tion and Sports. I cen­tered only on th­ese three sec­tors. I felt that with my youth, I could very much con­nect with th­ese sec­tors. I kept win­ning elec­tion af­ter elec­tion. The foun­da­tion I cre­ated just sup­ple­mented my ac­cent to higher of­fice.

Any­way, now I am not in pub­lic of­fice, ob­vi­ously. I have found it very ful­fill­ing con­tin­u­ing to do pub­lic ser­vice through a foun­da­tion. Af­ter more than 35 years, my fa­ther has asked me to take over from him. On my sec­ond meet­ing upon join­ing the Jaime V. Ong­pin Foun­da­tion, I was elected as their pres­i­dent.

I chose to run from my place to­wards Loakan to Ken­non Road for my meet­ing. We were in­ter­viewed and val­i­dated, if we were for real. I ar­rive very early, I must have ran too fast or gave too

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