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Building Partnerships with CSOs

Building Partnerships with CSOs

TALISAY CITY COLLEGE – Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation focuses and strives on the protection and management of the marine environment, conserving and managing coral reefs and ecosystems, including its resources, while promoting sustainable use for the benefit of the people in that area. In doing so, it is non-negotiable to know the city’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for accreditation.

Attendees include various POs (People Organization) and NGOs (Non-Government Organization)

August 20, 2019, Mr. Auburn Patrick V. Samson, CCEF Executive Director,
together with Mr. Lloyd G. Yosoya and Justine Jace R. Baisac, the Program
Coordinator and Project Associate respectively, paved their way to Talisay City
College to attend the Civil Society Organization Meeting. The meeting started approximately
at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and was formally inaugurated by Mr. Gerald
Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr., Talisay City Mayor.

Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr.

start, he reasoned to us that in order to have a quality and successful project
in the city, it is a must to meet them in the middle. He also submitted that
transparency is the key and that their government is leaping beyond the usual
norms, going the extra miles, all for the betterment and development of the
City of Talisay. He then concluded and gave an analogy that the Government and
the NGO transactions are just like a relationship between husbands and wives,
that in order to have a sound and harmonious relationship, they need to have
healthy communication so that both sides will know what to expect and make
adjustments if necessary.

City Planning Officer Engr. Christine Gomez

 “Citizen’s participation is a key in
governance and is integral to a strong nation” – City Planning Officer, Engr.
Christine Gomez. She then, enlightened the attendees on “Participatory
Governance”, wherein a certain government involves citizens participation in
governance and even promotes inclusivity. The benefits and potential impact of
Participatory Governance in
citizens and civil society perspective
include more responsive
basic service to people’s needs, greater access to and control of resources by
citizens, local plans and budgets are based on what were collectively defined
as the needs of the community, increase in productivity and income generation
opportunities, affirmation of being listened to or having a say and a sense of
belongingness and ownership.

In Local
Government Units (LGUs) perspective
, the benefits would be the
restoration of people’s faith in public and security from external threats, a
greater chance of politicians to be reelected, a sense of satisfaction of having
done a good job and satisfied constituents with basic service delivered.

DILG Officer Ms. Liza Fernandez

Ms. Liza Fernandez, the DILG Officer, began her symposium. This time it’s more
objective in approach and involves a variety of legal terminologies that
supports the accreditation application process. She then specified that after
the Accreditation Process, the DILG Field Officers shall issue a notice to all
accredited CSOs for a meeting on the selection of representatives to the local
special bodies (i.e. Local Development Council, Local Health Board, Local
School Board, Local Peace and Order Council). The selection of representatives,
she added, shall be in accordance with pertinent laws.

City Councilor and Chairman of Committee on Accreditation, Cooperative and People’s Organization, Hon. Ferdinand Rabaya

Ferdinand Rabaya, one of the City Councilor and the Chairman of both Committee
on Traffic Management and Public utilities and Committee on Accreditation,
Cooperative and People’s Organization entered the stage. In a more practical
approach, he discussed the NGO/PO Accreditation Requirement for the SP Council
indicating that the following must be present in applying for Accreditation: Letter of Intent, Duly Approved Board
Resolution must be notarized, Registration either from SEC, DOLE and CDA, List
of Officers, Updated Financial Statement latest, Updated Accomplishment Report
latest, Barangay Council Resolution, Constitution and By-Laws, Minutes of the
Regular Meeting latest,
and Action
Plan Yearly.

In the end, no matter how honorable the intentions of a certain cause are, no matter how exquisite and well-fabricated the project plans will be, these are just but a chasing after the wind if unity is nowhere to be found between two entities engaging in a mutualistic manner. Meeting halfway may not be the only way, but it’s better than no way at all.

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