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.
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
• 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.
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.