Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “We welcome that. Sa proseso, it is a matter of check and balance. The IFFIunderstands that as a new foundation indikami pwde mangin recipient sangany cash subsidy from the government directly,” said Peñaflorida. “It is a question lang of properly channelling the city government’s funds,” saidPeñaflorida. The IFFI is looking at severaloptions, he revealed, and one of these is for the city government to releaseDinagyang funds directly to the recipients such as the participating tribes. The IFFI, he added, will do its bestto raise Dinagyang money through sponsorships. On Sept. 16 during the launching ofDinagyang 2020, Treñas vowed to “bring the festival to its next level” with theIFFI as new partner. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.(IDFI) used to be the city government’s partner in organizing the annualDinagyang but in June this year Treñas announced a new foundation would beformed to manage the festival starting this January 2020. IDFI got Treñas’ ire in January thisyear for not inviting him to the festival. “Angbulk sina halos magakadto as subsidy sang mgatribes, sa mga premyo kag subsidy pa gid sa iban nga Dinagyang-relatedactivities,” Peñaflorida said. The Dinagyang Festival started in1967. A replica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Josede Placer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos whodanced on the streets of Iloilo City. Dinagyang Festival 2020’s theme wasalso unveiled: “Perfect Vision: Celebrating the Ilonggo Spirit in Honor ofSenior Sto. Niño.” Mayor Jerry Treñas announced on Mondaythat the city government would be releasing P25-million assistance to the IFFIonly to say the following day that it won’t happen due to accreditation issues. Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word forrevelry or merrymaking. The festival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-atihancelebrations widely observed not only in Panay Island but also in other partsof the country. It may not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it isknown more for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumesthat reflect the ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos./PN ILOILO City – The Iloilo FestivalsFoundation, Inc.’s (IFFI) non-accreditation with the city government won’thamper its preparations for the Dinagyang Festival 2020, according tofoundation president Atty. Joebert Peñaflorida. “Don’t be alarmed, we will findways,” he said. The city government won’t be able to release financial subsidyto the IFFI due to non-accreditation. Treñas said that as an official of thecity (he was the congressman then), he should have been invited and that thefestival should have been spared from politics. He was then running against theincumbent mayor, Jose Espinosa III. The city government will do thedisbursing, said Peñaflorida. Another option is for the IFFI to makeas partner in organizing Dinagyang 2020 another civil society organization thatis already accredited by the city government. On Tuesday, the Sangguniang Panlungsoddeferred taking action on the accreditation application of IFFI due to thelatter’s lack of track record (at least one year as required by the Departmentof Interior and Local Government).
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