Sen. Kiko N. Pangilinan has allocated the amount of P1 million-chargeable against his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)—to support the programs of the Film Academy of the Philippines.
FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez was informed of the senator’s generous allocation through a letter by Renan B. Dalisay, chief of staff of Sen. Pangilinan.
The said amount is now ready for release through the Quezon City government, according to Mr. Dalisay. The letter specifically mentioned that the amount is chargeable against the PDAF allocation of Sen. Pangilinan “for FY 2010 with SARO No. G-10-07450 dated 10 November 2010 with MDFS Check number 0000154671-BD dated 1 February 2011.”
The letter further said: “Our office has worked diligently, and with much effort, to have this turned over to the institution. We are filled with much enthusiasm knowing this will aid greatly our advocacies. May the stake-holders benefit from the project with this allocation.”
Because of their laudable efforts in helping the Academy, Sen. Pangilinan, together with Quezon City Mayor Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista of Quezon City and Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay of Makati City will be given plaques of appreciation by the Academy. This will be a part of the program for the 29th Luna Awards rites scheduled on July 10 at the Quezon City Sports Club, Inc., E. Rodriguez Sr. boulevard, Q.C.
The two Metro Manila mayors sustained their immediate predecessors’ efforts to provide the Academy remittance of its 20 percent share on the 25-centavo cultural development tax collected from cinema admission tickets in Quezon City and Makati City retroactive to 1992.
The remittances, like the PDAF allocation of Sen Pangilinan, came at the most opportune time in view of the drastic cut of the FAP’s share from the annual Metropolitan Manila Film Festival amusement tax rebate.
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