CEBU City Councilor Jose Daluz III said he would like to see the Asian College of Technology (ACT) removed from the list of colleges and universities accredited for the city government’s scholarship program until an anti-graft case against its owner, Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa, is resolved.
Daluz said he worried that the scholarships of about 4,000 ACT enrollees may be jeopardized if the Ombudsman later finds Abellanosa liable for conflict of interest in the case.
Daluz said he would recommend to Dr. Ester Concha, the head of the scholarship committe head, to delist ACT from the city’s program for school year 2013-2014.
High school graduates are given P12,000 each which is paid to schools of their choice when they enroll in college.
ACT has about 4,000 City Hall scholars in the program.
Abellanosa said he should not be blamed if most of the scholars are ACT students. He said students are attracted to enroll in ACT because he offers additional grants of at least P5,000 to each scholar.
He said he doesn’t participate in the selection of schools for the program. Abellanosa is a member of the scholarship committee by reason of his chairmanship of the social services committee.
But Daluz said the anti-graft law “is very clear about prohibiting city officials from engaging in transactions with government that would enrich themselves.” /Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac