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GenSan youth office under fire over painting contest scandal

The General Santos City’s Youth Affairs and Development Office (YADO) has drawn intense bashing online despite its admission that it made an “honest mistake” for failing to award the correct prizes in a painting competition.

In an official statement, YADO explained the cash prizes reflected in the Mechanics and Guidelines of the contest were based on their proposed budget. What was awarded to the winning entries, however, were based on the programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) of the contest.

“The office is committed to transparency in all transactions, including the payroll with the contract amounts,” YADO explained.

“We acknowledge that there was an honest mistake on our part and will take steps to prevent this in the future,” it added.

In a social media post, the winning artist complained after receiving P12,000 contrary to the announced P25,000 prize for second runner up.

Despite YADO’s admission, netizens continued to call out the office for the mess.

“YADO, you should have specified that ‘honest mistake’ for clarity. The winner who made the post said that they only received 12k for a supposedly 20k prize money. Less than 20% tax, they should have received 16k,” one netizen posted.

“If iba ang proposed budget sa approved budget, the least that you can do is to announce it during the event,” another one commented.

“If that so, then does the winner got 26K? kasi 20% yung tax mabawas eh,” another reaction read.

“Pinagod at pina asa wow gensan,” another one added.

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