BIZ BUZZ: Tali troubles
Trouble has been brewing at the exclusive Tali Beach Resort in Batangas ahead of its homeowners association’s annual elections tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
From all indications, a team of nine directors looks likely to retain control of the board of directors of the upscale resort, but several other homeowners are chafing at the voting rules that were put in place by the current administration.
Needless to say, these members are unhappy that residents and property owners are being made to jump through hoops just to be able to cast their votes — something that, they say, practically guarantees the victory of the current management since other wealthy (and presumably busy) homeowners will have difficulty complying with the voting requirements.
These requirements include an email by the member to the designated law firm on or before 3 p.m. of Friday last week expressing his or her intention to participate in the meeting and voting; his complete contact details; a copy of a government-issued ID with the residence address, preferably; and, for corporate members, a secretary’s certificate authorizing the proxy or representative, as well as the duly accomplished proxy form.
But that’s not all. The original signed copies of the proxy forms should have been physically submitted to the office of the law firm — the Villaraza & Angangco Law Office in Taguig City — before 3 p.m. of last Friday.
After this, the proxies will be reviewed and validated and, once confirmed, the party will be sent an email with access credentials which will allow him or her to join the online meeting and fill up a ballot.
“Did you see what they make the homeowners go through even just to attend the meeting?” asked one homeowner incredulously. “Any CEO of a listed company would be hung by their shareholders if they did that.”
Another homeowner said that Tali’s facilities seem to have deteriorated in recent years under what he described as a “one-man team” running the show at the resort.
“To be honest, it’s really one guy with a Napoleonic complex against everyone else,” the homeowner said. “There is a need for better facilities, infrastructure, security — in other words, a functioning and caring community. The one-man team doesn’t work.“
“Like any successful corporation, a competent, professional management team is needed, with the guidance of the board,” yet another pointed out. “And the board can’t be just one ego.”
Unfortunately, several residents have pointed that this situation of “neglect and lack of good management” is precisely why Tali Beach has been left behind by swankier villages like Punta Fuego.
The question now is: Will homeowners vote tomorrow for candidates who will effect change? Or will they choose business as usual? Abangan!
–Daxim L. Lucas
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