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. (http://www.un.org/democracyfund/About_Us/about_us_index.html)