It is known that the treasurer’s job involves handling funds in a face-to-face setting but given the difficulties brought about by the pandemic, how would such duties be executed? Let’s see how our two candidates plan on fulfilling this challenging role.

1st Question: If elected, how will you fulfill your role as the person assigned to handle the budgets and funds needed for projects given the context of distance learning?

Ishko Francis A. Gonzaga (ADLAW):

Since it is commonplace nowadays that there are alternative ways to transfer money without the use of physical money (like GCash), If I were to be elected as treasurer, i will propose to use GCash as our normal medium in everyday transactions that are school-related in order to avoid in-person transactions since we are still not safe from Covid-19. And also, to handle the budget for our future projects, I want to not keep the job of handling the budget to myself, but instead, I want my fellow elected officials to have a say and inputs to our agenda for the budget because I believe that cooperation is a must in decision-making.

Williamson T. Chua (AKMA): 

Before running for the position of treasurer in this MSCB, I wholeheartedly accepted that I will take full responsibility for our funds and accept all penalties if shown any failure to abide by this duty. This pandemic made us adapt to a more technologically based society. But this will not hinder me from fulfilling my duty as treasurer, as I said, this pandemic made us adapt to a more technological world. Many money managing applications are readily accessible across the internet. These applications are a convenient way of sending money to different and multiple people because it is instantaneous after just pressing the send button. With this, I can confidently say that I will be able to fulfill my duty as treasurer.


2nd Question: Lack of transparency is a challenge we are facing today. How could you assure that there will be transparency despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Ishko Francis A. Gonzaga (ADLAW):

The 2nd reason that I want to use GCash as our medium for school-related student transactions is because it is ideal for having a transparent way of making transactions. Simply, my planned method of making sure every transaction is transparent is that for example, if a student wants to donate for our school project, they should answer a google form in which they should state their name, grade and section, the amount of their donation, and lastly, their GCash number. This should be done first before they will donate in a GCash account that is managed by me and my fellow elected members. Lastly, the reason why I want to collect the infos that are mentioned earlier (ex. Gcash number etc.) is because to practice such transparency, everyone should know the sources of our funds and collection of the infos stated earlier will prevent anomalies with regards to knowing the sources of funds to ever happen.

Williamson T. Chua (AKMA): 

Transparency of transactions, for me, will not be a problem, regardless if we are in a pandemic. This pandemic made us stay at home and adapt to using our mobile gadgets as a way to connect with others. That does not mean that it will be a nuisance in keeping transparency in the transactions. Sending pictures of the receipts or signs of activity in the funds that are collected will be my main job. I, having the position of treasurer, will ensure that all transactions made are accurately monitored to show proof that the funds are not being corrupted and used only for its sole purpose. I will not let this pandemic hinder me from fulfilling my duty to monitor the transparency of transactions.


3rd Question: How will you be able to advocate for responsible handling and spending of allotted resources?

Ishko Francis A. Gonzaga (ADLAW):

For me, I can show my advocacy for responsible and the transparent handling of the budget and resources by making sure that i am doing my job well as Treasurer (By regularly publishing transparency reports everytime we need to source funds for a project, making sure that every project that came from students’ money will benefit the students’ themselves and to also benefit the greater good, and to make sure that there is no waste of funds in creating projects). This is because I want to set a standard for future Treasurers on how they should conduct their work because their work will ultimately be emulated by their constituents. And that’s how I think I can advocate for responsible and transparent handling of budget and resources.

Williamson T. Chua (AKMA): 

Responsible handling and spending of allotted resources is definitely a challenge for the party knowing that we have lots of platforms. To ensure responsible spending, I will not release any funds unless there is a need to spend it. This can also be applicable to anyone considering that we should only spend or use our resources if we only need it in order for it to not run out later on. As treasurer, I want to be a role model to my fellow Maristas on how to handle not only their money, but also practically apply it in their life for them to learn how to budget their resources. In this way, our funds and resources will not be put to waste and definitely be placed for the good of the platform.


Now that you’ve read how the candidates plan on fulfilling the role as a treasurer who is expected to advocate for responsible handling and spending of allocated resources and ensure transparency, the power to select the next MSCB treasurer now rests in your hands.

Interview conducted by Josh Caballa

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