Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Observer’s Training

25 Nov

COVER for BAC Training“We want to learn how, we as CSOs, can engage the BAC process?” this is the most common expectation of the participants of the NCPC’s BAC Observer’s Training. The training is a 2nd to last of 6 capacity-building intervention for the people’s council funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) under the project “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy Through People’s Council in the Philippines”.

the training program will focus primarily on the following topics:

  1. General Provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act and its implementing rules and regulations
  2. Procurement of goods, services and infrastructure projects
  3. Case studies for procurement of goods and infrastructure
  4. Red Flags in procurements
  5. BAC Observers Tools and diagnostics report writing

the resource persons of the said training are formerly part of one of the pioneer organization specializing in BAC processes and serve as observers of national agencies Bids and Awards Committees. they also engage in the reforms in the procurement processes of the government.

the 3 batches of training will run for 6 days from November 25-30, 2013. the first set is for the municipal people’s council and the other 2 sets are for the barangay people’s council.

Dada De la Rosa, NCPC’s Program Director, on his overview stresses that the training is just a tool for the people’s council to effectively engage their respective local government unit (LGUs) and all learning will go to waste is they will not use it in ensuring transparent and accountable governance in their locality. he adds that they will coordinate with concerned national agencies, as part of the government participatory audit program, to appoint the participants of the said training as official BAC observers in the BAC of their respective LGUs.

NCPC in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental

4 Oct
NCPC Chairperson and Program Director receiving certificate of appreciation from the City Government of Bayawan

NCPC Chairperson and Program Director receiving certificate of appreciation from the City Government of Bayawan

NCPC was invited by the City Government of Bayawan, Negros Oriental to present the people’s council concept of Naga City and how it interlink with the governance structure and operations of the city.

Mr. Ramiro I. Samar and Mr. Johann Dada de la ROsa, chairperson and program director of NCPC, respectively, responded to the invitation and traveled to Bayawan. A city that is 101 kilometers away from the Dumaguete Airport.

the activity is entitled “Capability-Building initiative for the members of the Multi-Sector Governance Coalition (MSGC); Bayawanihan People’s Council and other partners and stakeholders in governance” and is part of the Bayawanihan Summit (Green Convergence) last September 30, 2013 until October 3, 2013 last IBC Function Hall, Bayawan City.

the objectives of the summit are:

  1. To provide a holistic perspective on integral sustainable development specifically along health & wellness, agriculture, environment and governance. This will become basis in the formulation of a community development agenda;
  2. To assess Bayawan’s present realities and to set directions for co-creating and co-evolving;
  3. To come-up with viable mechanisms and direction to support Bayawan’s vision for sustainable development.

the Activity hope to attain the following outputs:

  1. Organize the Bayawanihan People’s Council
  2. Formulate Community Development Agenda
  3. Formulate and sign Manifesto for Greener Bayawan


30 Aug

RMO no. 20-2013 Guidelines in the Issuance of Tax Exemption Rulings to Qualified Non-Stock, Non-Profit Corporations and Associations Under Section 30 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, As Amended
Guidelines in the Issuance of Tax Exemption Rulings to Qualified Non-Stock, Non-Profit Corporations and Associations Under Section 30 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, As Amended


SECTION 1. Background. — Under Section 30 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (NIRC), as amended, certain corporations and associations are exempt from paying on income received by them as such. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (Bureau) accords tax-exempt status to these corporations and associations by way of confirmatory BIR rulings or certificates of tax exemption which are issued after due evaluation of documents submitted by said corporations and associations.
By reason of the privilege granted by law, it is important for the Bureau to enhance monitoring of these corporations and associations in order to meet the following objectives:
a. Ensure compliance with the conditions attached to the tax exemption
b. Ascertain the existence of other income derived from non-exempt
activities and provide proper tax treatment thereon
c. Enforce the payment of other taxes for which no exemption was granted
under Philippine tax laws (e.g., withholding taxes, fringe benefits tax, and
documentary stamp tax)
d. Minimize tax leakages arising from inaccurate interpretation of relevant
tax laws and administrative issuances
This Order is hereby issued to prescribe policies and guidelines in the processing of tax exemption applications and for the revalidation of tax exemption rulings/certificates of corporations and associations listed under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended.
SECTION 2. Applications for Tax Exemption and Revalidation.—Corporations and associations enumerated under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended, including those which have been issued tax exemption rulings/certificates prior to June 30, 2012, shall file their respective Applications for Tax Exemption/Revalidation with the Revenue District Office (RDO) where they are registered. Only corporations or associations that are duly qualified under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended, shall be issued Tax Exemption Rulings.

SECTION 3. General Documentary Requirements. – A corporation or association shall submit the following documents:
a. Original copy of application letter for issuance of Tax Exemption Ruling.
The letter shall cite the particular paragraph of Section 30 of the NIRC, as
amended, under which the application for exemption/revalidation is being
b. Certified true copy of the latest Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws
issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
c. Original copy of Certification under Oath by an executive officer of the
corporation or association as to: (i) all previous amendments/changes in
the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, (ii) manner of activities, and (iii)
the sources and disposition of income, if any, of the subject corporation or
association. If there are no amendments/changes, the Certification shall
state this fact;
d. Certified true copy of the Certificate of Registration with the BIR;
e. Original copy of the Certification under Oath by the Treasurer of the
corporation or association as to the amount of income, compensation,
salaries or any emoluments paid by the corporation or association to its
trustees, officers and other executive officers. Provided, that, a
corporation sole, which, by its nature, does not have trustees, corporate
officers or executive officers need not submit the certification required
under this subparagraph.
f. Original copy of the Certification issued by the RDO where the corporation
or association is registered that the corporation or association is not the
subject of any pending investigation, on-going audit, pending tax
assessment, administrative protest, claim for refund or issuance of tax
credit certificate, collection proceedings, or a judicial appeal; or if thereby
be any, the Original copy of the Certification issued by the RDO on the
status thereof;
g. Certified true copies of the Income Tax Returns or Annual Information
Returns and Financial Statements of the corporation or association for the
last three (3) years; and
h. Original copy of a statement under Oath by an executive officer of the corporation or association as to its modus operandi which shall include:
i. A full description of the past, present, and proposed activities of the
corporation or association;

ii. A narrative description of anticipated receipts and contemplated
expenditures; and

iii. A detailed description of all revenues which it seeks to be exempted from income tax. All other revenues which are not included in the statement/ application shall be subject to income tax.
SECTION 4. Additional Requirements for Educational Institutions. — A non­stock and non-profit educational institution under Section 30(H) of the NIRC, as amended, shall submit the following documents in addition to those required under Section 4 hereof:
a. Certified true copy of government recognition/permit/accreditation to
operate as an educational institution issued by the Commission on Higher
Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), or Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA);
b. If the government recognition/permit/accreditation to operate as an
education institution was issued more than five (5) years prior to the
application for tax exemption/revalidation, an original copy of a current
Certificate of Operation/Good Standing, or other equivalent document,
issued by the appropriate government agency (i.e., CHED, DepEd, or
TESDA) shall be submitted as proof that the non-stock and non-profit
educational institution is currently operating as such; and
c. Original copy of Certificate of utilization of annual revenues and assets
by the Treasurer or his equivalent of the non-stock and non-profit
educational institution. In accordance with the guidelines set forth in
Section 1.3 of Department of Finance (DOF) Order No. 137-87, the
Certificate shall provide a breakdown of the following:
i. Any amount in cash or in kind (including administrative expenses) paid or utilized to accomplish one or more purposes for which the educational institution was created or organized, including grant of scholarship to deserving students and professorial chairs for the enhancement of professional course. ii. Any amount paid to acquire an asset used (or held for use) directly in carrying out one or more purposes for which it was created or organized, including the upgrading of existing facilities to support the conduct of the above activities.
iii. Any amount in cash or in kind invested in an activity related to the educational purposes for which it was created or organized.
iv. Any amount set aside for a specific project, which must be supported by a Board Resolution issued by the school administration on proposed projects (i.e., construction and/or improvement of school buildings and facilities, acquisition of equipment, books and the like) to be funded out of the money deposited in banks or placed in money markets, on or before the 15th day of the fourth month following the end of its taxable year.

SECTION 5. General Guidelines in the Evaluation of the Applications for Tax Exemptions/Revalidation. — The Revenue District Officer (RDO) shall:
a. Ascertain whether or not the corporation or association falls under any of
the organizations enumerated under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended,
by examining its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws and other
constitutive documents. The Articles of Incorporation must clearly state
i. It is a non-stock, non-profit corporation or association;
ii. The purpose for which it was created is one of those enumerated
under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended; iii. No part of the corporation or association’s net income shall inure to
the benefit of any private individual; and iv. The trustees of the non-profit corporation or association do not
receive any compensation or remuneration.
The corporation or association’s constitutive documents shall:
i. Limit its purpose to those described in Section 30 of the NIRC, as
amended; ii. Not expressly permit activities that do not further its tax-exempt
purposes; and iii. Permanently dedicate its assets to its tax-exempt purposes.
A branch office of a foreign non-stock, non-profit corporation cannot qualify as a tax-exempt corporation under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended.
b. Determine whether or not the corporation or association is operating as
an organization under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended, by examining
its modus operandi, financial statements and other relevant documents.
The examination must show that:
i. Its earnings do not inure to the benefit of any private individual;
ii. It does not operate for the benefit of private interest such as
those of its founder or the founder’s family; and

iii. It does not operate for the purpose of conducting a trade or business that is not related to its tax-exempt purpose.
c. Verify the corporation or association’s sources of revenues and other
transactions to determine which are taxable and non-taxable. Despite its
being a tax-exempt institution, it is subject to the corresponding internal
revenue taxes imposed under the NIRC, as amended, on its income
derived from any of its properties, real or personal, or any activity
conducted for profit regardless of the disposition thereof (i.e., rental
payment from their building/premises), which income is subject to income

d. Verify whether or not the corporation or association has stop-filer cases,
accounts receivable (AR) cases, etc. and require compliance by the
corporation or association.
e. Verify whether or not the corporation or association is the subject of any
pending investigation, on-going audit, pending tax assessment,
administrative protest, claim for refund or issuance of tax credit certificate,
collection proceedings, or a judicial appeal; and determine if the issues
involved therein warrant a denial of the application for tax
SECTION 6. Specific Guidelines in the Evaluation of the Application of Corporations or Associations under Section 30(E) of the NIRC, as amended.—
Corporations or associations which apply for tax exemption ruling under Section 30(E) of the NIRC, as amended, must meet all the following requirements:
a. It must be a non-stock corporation or association organized and
operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, athletic, or
cultural purposes, or for the rehabilitation of veterans.
b. It should meet the following tests:
i. Organizational Test — requires that the corporation or association’s constitutive documents exclusively limit its purposes to one or more of those described in paragraph (E) of Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended.
ii. Operational Test — mandates that the regular activities of the corporation or association be exclusively devoted to the accomplishment of the purposes specified in paragraph (E) of Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended. A corporation or association fails to meet this test if a substantial part of its operations may be considered “activities conducted for profit’.
c. All the net income or assets of the corporation or association must be
devoted to its purpose/s and no part of its net income or asset accrues
to or benefits any member or specific person. Any profit must be plowed
back and must be devoted or used altogether for the furtherance of the
purpose for which the corporation or association was organized.
d. It must not be a branch of a foreign non-stock, non-profit corporation.
SECTION 7. Request for Additional Documents. — In the course of review of the application for tax exemption/revalidation, the Bureau may require additional information or documents as the circumstances warrant.

SECTION 8. Procedure. —
a. Upon receipt of the complete documentary requirements (docket) for the application for tax exemption/revalidation, the RDO shall pre-evaluate the same and shall determine whether or not the applicant qualifies as an exempt corporation or association under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended.
i. If based on the pre-evaluation, the RDO is of the position that the corporation or association is qualified, he shall prepare a written recommendation stating the factual and legal bases therefor and endorse the docket to the Office of the Regional Director for review. If the Regional Director concurs with the RDO’s recommendation, the docket shall be forwarded to the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Legal Service, Attention: Law Division. Otherwise, the docket shall be returned to the RDO for appropriate action.
The Law Division shall further review and evaluate the documents submitted by the applicant and the RDO’s recommendation. If the same is in order, it shall prepare the appropriate Tax Exemption Ruling for approval and signature of the Commissioner or his duly authorized representative. Otherwise, the docket shall be returned to the Regional Director for appropriate action.
ii. If based on the pre-evaluation, the RDO is of the position that the
corporation or association does not qualify, he shall notify in writing the applicant of such findings, stating the factual and legal bases for the denial. The applicant may appeal the denial to the Regional Director within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the written notice of denial.
If the application for tax exemption/revalidation is denied, the corporation or association shall be held liable for income tax and shall be accordingly assessed for deficiency taxes, inclusive of penalties and interest.
b. If there is incomplete submission of the documentary requirements, the
corporation or association shall be notified of such findings and the
documents already submitted shall be returned to the applicant for
SECTION 9. Validity of the Tax Exemption Ruling. — A Tax Exemption Ruling issued under this Order shall be valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of effectivity specified in the Ruling, unless sooner revoked or cancelled.
The Tax Exemption Ruling shall be deemed revoked if there are material changes in the character, purpose, or method of operation of the corporation or

association which are inconsistent with the basis for its income tax exemption. The revocation takes effect as of the date of the material change.
SECTION 10. Renewal of Tax Exemption Rulings. —Tax Exemption Rulings may be renewed upon filing of a subseguent. Application for Tax Exemption/Revalidation, under same requirements and procedures provided herein. Otherwise, the exemption shall be deemed revoked upon the expiration of the Tax Exemption Ruling. The new Tax Exemption Ruling shall be valid for another period of three (3) years, unless sooner revoked or cancelled.
SECTION 11. Effect of Failure to File Annual Information Return. — If a corporation or association which has been issued a Tax Exemption Ruling fails to file its annual information return, it shall automatically lose its income tax-exempt status beginning the taxable year for which it failed to file an annual information return, in addition to the sanctions imposed under Section 250 of the NIRC, as amended.
SECTION 12. Transitory Provisions. — Tax exemption rulings or certificates issued to corporations or associations listed under Section 30 of the NIRC, as amended, prior to June 30, 2012 shall be valid until December 31, 2013. Tax exemption rulings or certificates issued after June 30, 2012 shall continue to be valid for a period of three (3) years form date of issuance, unless sooner revoked or cancelled.
SECTION 13. Repealing Clause. — Any revenue issuance which is inconsistent with this Order is deemed revoked, repealed, or modified accordingly.

SECTION 14. Effectivity. — This Order shall take effect immediately.

Guidelines in the Issuance of Tax Exemption Rulings to Qualified Non-Stock, Non-Profit Corporations and Associations Under Section 30 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, As Amended



29 May

Expanding and Strengthening Council’s Membership

Peasant Sector – NCPCs is having a problem expanding its membership in the peasant sector and also learns the that there is also a network of organizations that focus on the agriculture sector which is the Independent Component City Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the Naga City (ICCAFC-Naga) that is organize for the improvement of the agriculture in partnership both with city and the national government. Because of this, NCPC made coordination with the ICCAFC for possible partnership and recognition of their group to be the peasant sector of NCPC (similar to the Naga City Council for Women – NCCW). Various meetings were set up with them and the idea is acceptable to them. Various documents will be drawn up for its formalization.

Cooperative Sector – NCPC initiates dialogue with all the active cooperatives in the city through its cooperative sector and during the activity the cooperatives raised the following issues:

1. What happens to the cooperative Committee at the Sangguniang Panglungsod
2. Who sponsors the awards for the cooperatives
3. What is the program of the city government for the sectors, and
4. Is there a Cooperative Development Officer in the City structure.

NCPC made effort to familiarize on the issues raised and learns that the committee on cooperative was incorporated in other committees, no clear program for the sector and no cooperative development officer while the sponsor of the award is still unclear. Because of this, the sector identifies that it will focus for 2013 the realization of Cooperative Development Officer in the city that will link up and develop alongside the sector programs and projects for the cooperatives operating in the city and lobby for a common service of the city particularly on capacity building of the staff and officers of the cooperatives. They are also planning to hold a dialogue with the city mayor on the programs and projects of the city for the cooperatives after the local election.
NCPC recognizes the role Mr. Romulo Caceres of SIDECO, the representative of the sector to the NCPC Board, in leading in all the activities of the sectors.

Urban Poor – NCPC serves as one of the members of the COMELEC of the urban poor. NCPC also facilitated processes in crafting of their organizational, operational and financial policies including its planning and budgeting. It also provides necessary equipment (LCD and laptop) in the conduct of their activities and provided necessary resources during the conduct of their assessment and planning.
The sector also engages in the management of the relief goods particularly the used clothing generated during relief operation of the city for the victims of the typhoon. The used clothing that were not accommodated in the truck to Mindanao will be sorted and washed by the sector in preparation for immediate response to victims of man-made and natural calamities in the City and other places

Civic, Enthusiast and Professional Sector – NCPC assisted the membership of the Camarines Sur Philippine Army Reservist Association,Inc (CSPARA) and the KABAYAN Action Group to NCPC.

Transport Sector –NCPC Transport Sector initiated a dialogue with various transport group and assess the current public transportation situation and decides that they will lobby for the codification of transport ordinance because of numerous amendments already made in the existing Transport Code and also with new ordinances that were passed that affects the sector.

Through the request of the Naga City Padyak Operators and Drivers Federation (NACIPODRIF), NCPC allows them to use the Council’s facilities for their election and other meetings and also NCPC facilitated dialogue between the NACIPODRIF, Lingkod Barangay Office and the Public Safety Office to thresh-out the various issues regarding their sector.

Persons-with-Disabilities – NCPC facilitated the planning and the election of the Naga City Persons-with-Disabilities Federation (NCPWDF) and regularly coordinates to the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) of the city. Through this coordination, NCPC was able to formulate a proposal entitled “Increasing and Strengthening Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Governance, Establishment of Community Based Rehabilitation and Access to Economic Enterprise” which was submitted to USAID.

Barangay People’s Council – currently there are already 18 BPCs re-organized and the remaining are up for reorganization within the month of March and this was made possible through the project funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). BPC is also planning to have its congress this coming April to re-organize the BPC Federation of the City of Naga.

BPC is one of the programs of NCPC to ensure that participation and consultations with the people’s organization on the community are ensured and also reflect the participatory governance in the barangays of the city.

NCPC is grateful for the full support of the Ms. Nelia Sapalicio, the BPC representative to the Board, and for her assistance in the re-organization of the sector.

Ensuring Financial Sustainability

In order to ensure that NCPCs programs and projects are funded and implemented, it needs external funding support from financial institutions. This is the reason why NCPC continues to develop and formulate proposals for opportunities that it sees will help in the realization of its objectives. Currently we have 2 approved projects, namely:
World Bank Project – NCPC submitted a concept entitled “Instituting System of Partnership and Social Accountability between the Communities and the Barangays of the City of Naga” to the call for proposal of the World Bank. Fortunately, our concept was one of the 5 projects that were approved for funding and was implemented from July 2011 to June 2012 covering the Barangays of San Isidro, Tinago, Liboton, Dinaga, Concepcion Grande and Sabang.

The objective of the project is to localize the Empowerment Ordinance of the City and also to enhance the capacity of the barangays on governance and administration and also to enhance the capacity of the CSO leaders in the community on how to effectively engage their LGUs.

DILG Project – as a continuation of the monitoring program of NCPC that started in the course of the implementation of the Government Watch Program of the AdeMU Ateneo School of Government ASoG wherein NCPC is a partner, NCPC submitted a proposal in response to the call of the DILG for Proposal under the Civil Society Participation Fund (CSPF). The project is entitled “Monitoring Good Governance Indicators in the Housing Sector of Naga City” and was among the 10 proposal chosen for funding from numerous proposals submitted nationwide.

The project is a civil-society-led, third party validation project which shall monitor specific indicators of good governance, as identified through numerous government award systems such as the Seal of Good Housekeeping, LGPMS, Seal of Disaster preparedness, Environmental Compliance Audit, Performance Challenge Fund, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi and Full Disclosure Policy, which positively impact on the settlement service delivery of the city.

The target implementation of the project was delayed due to delayed release of fund thus falling in the month of December. Currently we have completed the survey and the secondary data research is underway to complete the result of monitoring.

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) – last 2011, NCPC submitted a proposal to UNDEF and out of almost 3,000 proposals submitted worldwide, NCPCs proposal as among the 73 chosen for funding and approved by the Secretary General of the United Nations. For the year 2012, NCPCs proposal was the only proposal funded for the Philippines.
The project is the replication of the People’s Council (PC) concept and mechanisms in the 21 barangays of the City of Naga and 6 municipalities in the Metro Naga Area. Its aim is to establish, expand and institutionalize the people participation mechanism in the target Local Government Units (LGUs) and to consolidate and mobilize Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the target areas to engage their respective LGUs in all levels of governance though organizing, capacitating, strengthening and establishing of people’s councils.

The project provided NCPC with additional 2 staff, one to re-enforce the current 2 program officers that focuses on the barangays and the another staff for 6 municipalities. It also provided 4 new motorcycles, 4 laptops, 5 sets of helmets and safety gears, printer, LCD projector, printer, photocopying machine and digital camera which NCPC uses for all its activities.

Institutional Development

Social Marketing Intervention – NCPC continues to maintain its facebook account and regularly updates its website. Through the website NCPC was able to reach out to various institutions but still have to decide on what documents it should post since some documents (e.g. UNDEF Project Document) have to be permitted first by partner institutions before posting.

CSO Capacitation Project of Ayala Foundation (AFI) funded by USAID – NCPC submitted to the call for assistance of the AFI for their CSO Capacitation Program that aims to develop the capacity of the NCPC by providing capacity interventions and actual mentoring from professionals in the field of social development. Through the project, NCPC was able to develop its capacitation plan and was able to attend the following capacity development training fully funded by AFI and USAID:

• Administration and Personnel Management attended by the Program Director
• Governance and Leadership attended by Dr. Augusto Nieves, Noli Balmonte and
Romulo Caceres
• Financial Management attended by the Finance Officer

Ms. Rory Tolentino, former chairperson of CODE-NGO (largest network of NGOs in the country) was selected as NCPCs mentor for its institutional development until 2014. She will be closely coordinating with and regularly visiting NCPC to give guidance on necessary institutional intervention needed by the council for it to become a globally competitive institution.

Ensuring Effective and Efficient Management of NCPC as an Institution

NCPCs Secretariat continues to effectively and efficiently manage the day-to-day operation of the Council. They assist in the relief operation effort, coordinate with the sectors and addresses their concerns, perform functions directed in assistance to the activities of the sectors, facilitate the flow of communications from partners to the organization concerns and other various concerns needed to addressed on a daily basis.

The Secretariat also continues to develop and formulate proposals to various agencies that will respond to the needs of the sectors.

Ensuring Efficient and Meaningful Engagement within the LGU Structure

NCPC tries to respond and attend to various invitation and communications of the City even with the late arrival of information. It uses various available method of communications and as much as possible bring the communication to the representatives of the concerned body immediately upon the receipt of the communication.

NCPC also holds dialogue with the Vice Mayor to ensure the timely delivery of communication for the meetings and agreed that all communications should be forwarded directly to the NCPC office for immediate dissemination.

NCPC would like to extend its gratitude to Mr. Servillano Intia, Jr for attending the meeting whenever the regular and the alternate representatives could not make it due to prior commitments.

Exploring New Modes of Engagement with LGU-Naga and other CSOs

Naga City Governance Institute (NCGI) – NCPC continues to engage with the NCGI in its development of various modules of the best practices of the City. NCPC is now part of the team that presents to the visitors of the city who wish to learn about its participatory governance. Various innovation on the institute is also underway and NCPC is actively participating in all its undertakings.

Establishing Linkages and Networks to Widen its Influence

National Anti-Poverty Council (NAPC) – NCPCs Chairperson is a member of the national council of leaders of the NGO Sector of NAPC and continuously advocate the concept of people’s council as a model of participation in all the undertakings of LGUs.

Coalition for Bicol Development (CBD) – NCPC serve as the Treasurer of CBD the regional network of CSOs in Bicol.

Camarines Sur Network of CSOs for Development (CAMSURNET) – NCPC is also a member of CAMSURNET, the provincial network of CSOs in Camarines Sur but stipulated in its membership that it will not hold any position in the network since it is based in the City of Naga, an independent component city.

Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Process for the Year 2014 – NCPCs representative to the BUB Process Mr. Danilo Ludovice of the Naga City Urban Poor Federation (NCUPFI) was chosen as the focal point person for the province of Camarines Sur and also part of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT). The RPRAT is responsible for the validation of the priority projects of the target LGUs for the inclusion in the national budget for the year 2014.

Jesse M. Robredo Governance Institute of the De La Salle University – The NCPCs Chairperson and the Program Director was invited in one of the activities of the JMR Governance Institute of DLSU to present the how NCPC engage with the City Government of Naga and afterwards informed us that currently they are developing a new program that will directly tie up with NCPC.

Other Accomplishments

Relief Operation – being the designated lead institution of the city for relief operation, NCPC continuously spearhead in the relief operation for the victims of calamities in the country in partnership with various instutions. NCPC was instrumental in hand-carrying the assistance of the City Government to the victims of calamities in Mindanao and also bringing a truck load of relief goods generated during the relief operation. In the course of operation, many used clothing were not able to be sent to Mindanao due to the cost of transportation. NCUPFI committed to partner with NCPC to sort out the used clothing, wash them and packed them for storage and easy distribution whenever needed.

NCPC-LIGA Building – NCPC passed a resolution to Cong. Kaka Bag-ao of the AKBAYAN Party-List, alongside the Liga ng mga Barangay-Naga City Chapter, requesting their party for an NCPC-LIGA hall that will house the secretariat offices of both institution last 2011. Cong. Bag-ao informed NCPC that she is sourcing out fund for the building but if possible also provide portion for the SALIGAN, Lupon and PTA Federation. She promise to raise 3.5 million pesos for the building and currently 2 million pesos was already downloaded at the DPWH District 3 Office and awaiting for the instruction and the design of the building. Close coordination with Hon. Jose Importante is undertaken to ensure the fast tracking of the implementation of the project.


8 May
Guide to Voting Posters of the People's Council

Guide to Voting Posters of the People’s Council

Philippines National and Local Election for 2013 is set on Monday, May 13 and again each Filipino will entrust their power to candidates whom they see fit to govern. Each Filipino hopes that their vote will lead to better governance, efficient services and program that will improve their living condition.

This election is the 2nd automated election in the country and many voters still are not are on the process of voting. As a response, people’s councils in the 27 barangays of Naga and the municipalities of Bula, Pili, Gainza, Canaman, Magarao and Bombon made a concerted effort to inform the public on the step by step process trough installations of guide for voting (Giya sa Pagboto) posters in their communities. Said effort was in coordination with the National Movement for Free Election (NAMFREL) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsile Voting (PPCRV). Both groups are the recognized citizen’s arm group of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in the conduct of election. The project is supported by the Naga City People’s Council under the project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The Barangay Councils of the City of Naga aslo extended their support to their respective people’s council on the said project.

The guide hopes to educate the voters on the step by step process of casting their votes and also reminders before voting. The poster is 4 feet by 6 feet printed in tarpaulin and installed in strategic places in their localities particularly in plazas or multi-purpose courts and churches. A day before the election, the posters will be moved to the polling places for easier access of the voters.

NCPC-UNDEF Projects Starts

5 Feb
mikiko and riza's visit

Ms. Mikiko Sawanishi of UNDEF and Senatorial Candidate Risa Hontiveros visit at NCPC Office. Included in the picture are the staff and board members of NCPC including current LIga ng mga Barangay President Jose Importante

The Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) officially starts last February 1, 2013  its project entitled “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy Through People’s Council in the Philippines’ funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The project was among the 51 proposals chosen for funding from almost 3,000 concepts submitted last 2011 and was the only project funded in the country for the year 2012.

The project aims to promote and replicate the people’s council concept as a viable model for democratization in local governance. It will address the perennial problem of people participation and bring the agenda of the marginalized sector in the forefront of plans and programs of the LGUs.

The project will focus on promotion of people’s council; capacity building for both CSOs and local officials; organizing, strengthening and facilitating of people’s council; and, active engagement of CSOs in the governance system of their respective NGOs.

The project will maximize the 15 years of experience of the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) in engaging with the City Government of Naga and utilize its developed tools and systems. With said recognition, NCPC will focus its effort in the people’s councils that will be organized by the project and support them in the realization of their plans and projects.

By the end of the project, NCPC will see a vibrant people’s council operating in all the barangays of the City of Naga and in the 6 target municipalities of Metro Naga area and engaging with their respective LGUs, an increase in LGU leaders that recognize the role of people’s council in transparency and accountability in governance, and the emergence of new community-based, home-grown and locally initiated CSOs that are partners in the development of their respective communities

The duration of the project is 18 months and covers 21 out of the 27 barangays on the City of Naga including the municipalities of Canaman, Gainza, Magarao, Bombon, Pili and Bula. 

UNDEF was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN’s traditional work — the work with Governments — to strengthen democratic governance around the world. UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments; in 2010, it surpassed 110 million dollars in contributions and now counts 39 countries as donors, including many middle- and low-income States in Africa, Asia and Latin America. (

sharing the KASAMA Call for Proposal

7 Jan

Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) 2012:
The Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives

Press Release

The Call for Proposals under KaSaMa 2012: The Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives continues until January 15, 2013.

First launched in 2009, KaSaMa is a funding initiative by international partners to support innovative human rights projects the address perennial human rights issues. A total of 25 projects worth a total of 29 million pesos have already been funded since 2009. Proposals were selected primarily based on the innovativeness/creativeness of the projects.

KaSaMa is once again inviting all civil society organizations to submit innovative human rights proposals. This year, it is focused on funding projects that address the following themes/rights: extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, women and gender, indigenous peoples and other minorities, human trafficking, human rights-based disaster risk management, educating human rights defenders, media freedom, suffrage, security sector reform, judicial reform, disability rights and Mindanao peace.

KaSaMa is open to all registered private, non-profit, Filipino organizations based in the Philippines. Guidelines and applications forms, as well as information about the past KaSaMa projects, can be downloaded at Entries can be written in English or Filipino. The screening will pay attention mainly on the innovative substance of the project and its contribution to improving the human rights situation. Linkage with the government sector such as LGU or the Commission on Human Rights is highly encouraged. Selected proposals stand to get as much as Php 1 Million Pesos worth of project grant. Proposals can be submitted via email, courier mail, or personally handed to the secretariat. Deadline for submission of proposals is on January 15, 2013.

This round of KaSaMa is in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, the Australian Embassy, British Embassy, Embassy of Canada through its Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, United States Embassy, The Asia Foundations (TAF), New Zealand Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Spanish Embassy, and the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.

The third round of the Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) had its Public Launch last December 5th. The event was graced by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Loretta Ann P Rosales, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) Undersecretary Severo Catura and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez. Also in attendance were various human rights organizations and the international partners of KaSaMa 2012, including the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In her keynote address during the KaSaMa 2012 Public Launch, CHR Chairperson Rosales presented the Philippine human rights situation. She made reference to the recent universal periodic review (UPR) of the local human rights situation with the United Nations Human Rights Committee where the Philippines got fair marks but also acknowledged areas that need improvement. She focused on positive developments but also recognized on-going violations such as cases of harassment of women, media and indigenous peoples. She also highlighted challenges confronting the commission with regard to perennial human rights violations observed in different sectors such as children, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTs, and human rights defenders. She also shared CHR’s plan to set up human rights centers in all levels of political subdivisions, from barangay up to provincial levels. And in this program she called all stakeholders to help strengthen the human rights institution.

PHRC USec. Catura echoed Chair Rosales’ report that the government is doing its part in responding to human rights issues through openly working with civil society groups, pursuant to President Aquino’s “Social Contract.” He also recognized the independent efforts of CSOs that contribute to government planning. “Civil society has been deemed by the government as a crucial identity in the overall campaign in realizing good and effective governance,” said USec. Catura.

Finally, DILG Usec Fernandez called out to CSOs to help DILG scale up its work in responding to housing rights issues brought about by natural disasters. He recognized that addressing housing rights is a main priority especially with the new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas appointed. But more than that, one effective way for civil society to help is to work with their respective local governments, according to him. Civil society can help the DILG in making sure that LGUs become responsive to relevant issues like informal settlers.

KaSaMa 2013 is being implemented by a consortium secretariat composed of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, the Ateneo School of Government, and the Caucus of Development NGO Networks.

For inquiries, please contact the KaSaMa Secretariat at (02) 920-2920, (02) 426-6001 local 4644 or email at



13 Jul

NCPC’s capacity development plan formulated by its program director was just approved by the Board.

the capacity development plan was formulated during the organizational diagnosis workshop conducted last May. the activity was facilitated by Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) under the CSOs capacity program funded by USAID.

NCPC was among the 120 civil society organization identified for capacity building intervention under the program. more than 1000 CSOs was invited and one-fourth of which signifies need for intervention and NCPC was among the 120 CSOs priorities for assistance. the selection process was not based on the necessity but rather on the qualification of basic requirements and willingness to improve.

the capacity development plan (CDP) was approved alongside the capacity assessment tool (CAT) that qualifies NCPC as an expanding organization with a rate of 4 from out of 6 and 6 being the highest and considered as mature organization. said plan and CAT will be assessed by AFI for identification of its mentor. the mentor will guide NCPC in the improvement in terms of governance and leadership, strategic planning and management, program design implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation (PDIMME), resource mobilization and development, financial managament and administrative and personnel management.

NCPC hopes that by March 2014, it will have a comprehensive manual of operation that will encompass all of the stated areas that is also regularly reviewed, enhanced and follow to the letter and a globally competitive institution.