Tomorrow, March 12, 2013, NCPC will be conducting the public presentation of the NCPC-UNDEF Project entitled “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy through People’s Council in the Philippines” at the Mezzanine of the the Regent Hotel, Elias Angeles Street, Naga City. The project is among the 73 proposals worldwide approved for funding for the UNDEF Call for Proposals 2012.
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 activity will be attended by more than 100 participants coming from the Local Government Units officials and Civil Society Leaders of the municipalities of Bula, Pili, Gainza, Canaman, Magarao and Bombon and the 21 target barangays of the City of Naga. Representatives of DILG from the regional and local offices were also invited alongside selected officials of the City and Federation presidents of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Kapisanan ng mga Sangguniang Barangays Kagawads, barangay Secretaries and Treasurers Federations. CSO Leaders of the region and of the province are likewise invited to witness the occasion.
The activity will be graced by the following:
- Hon. John G. Bongat, Mayor, City of Naga to give testimonies on the importance of the people’s council in the executive branch of the city
- Hon. Gabby H. Bordado, Vice Mayor, City of Naga to testimonies on the role and contribution of NCPC in the legislative branch of the city
- Atty. James Jacob, Chairman, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), former Naga City Councilor, Former Representative of the 2nd (now 3rd) District of CamSur and the author of the Naga City Empowerment Ordinance to share on how the idea was conceived and the intricacies of its passage, and lastly
- Ms. Joy Aceron, Program Director of PODER and Government Watch Projects of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) based in Ateneo de Manila University (ADeMU) to share on the social accountability and people participation initiatives in the country.
NCPC Program Director presenting the role of BPCs in Barangay Governanance and the UNDEF Project
NCPC under the project entitled “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy through People’s Council in the Philippines” funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) commences organizing of the Barangay People’s Councils (BPCs) in the 21 target barangays of the City of Naga.
BPC is an aggrupation of various organizations operating and based in the communities of the City. It is also the venue of interaction and consolidation of various issues and concerns of various organization in their community and the partner of the Barangays on people empowerment, transparency and accountability in governance and local development.
Said project is well accepted and lauded in the barangays and Barangay Tabuco even passed a resolution acknowledging said project and its complementation in the development efforts of the barangay.
The process starts with the presentation of the project with Sangguniang Barangays for information and support generation followed by listing and profiling of the various organizations in the target barangays. Afterwards, a meeting with the CSOs will be held for the orientation on the role of the BPCs in the barangay and also presentation of the project to level off with expectations. it will be followed by an organizational meeting to elect the officers for those without BPCs or a planning meeting for those with functional BPCs.
The following trainings will be conducted to capacitate the leaders of the barangays:
- Social Accountability and Governance on Local Democracy (SA GOLD)
- Citizen’s Advocacy and Legislative Lobbying (CALL)
- Organizational Management
- BAC Observing
- Community Based Project Monitoring
- Local Development Council
Part of the project is also the organizing and strengthening of people’s council in the municipalities
NCPC Program Director Presenting the BPCs role in the Barangay Governance to various organizations in Barangay Igualdad
of Bula, Pili, Gainza, Canaman, Magarao and Bombon.
The project proposal “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy Through People’s Council in the Philippines” submitted to the UN Democracy Fund by “Naga City People’s Council “ has been included in the short list for UNDEF’s Sixth Round of Funding.
Inclusion of a project proposal on the short list is a significant achievement, given the very stiff competition with almost 3,000 entries worldwide and only 73 proposals was included in the shortlist that was signed by the UN Secretary General. In itself it does not mean that the project proposal will be funded but will now be required to proceed to the next stage of the selection process — negotiating a Project Document with UNDEF, which is in effect a contract between the grantor and the grantee. Only on the satisfactory conclusion of a Project Document, and its approval by the United Nations Controller, will the proposed project be formally approved for funds disbursement.
The UN has reviewed and moderated the budget NCPC submitted with the application. The total grant amount approved for the project is US$ 200,000. UNDEF will retain 10% of the grant, US$20,000, to cover the costs of monitoring and evaluation. Therefore the total project costs (TPC) is US$180,000.
the Deputy Executive Head of UNDEF will be visiting NCPC next month for the negotiation of the project document and hate a feel of the area and validations of claims of NCPC in the proposal.
the project aims to re-organize, strengthen and mobilize the 27 barangay people’s councils in the city of naga and organize people’s council in the nearby municipalities of the city. This is the first time that NCPC will actually replicate itself because NCPC believes that good governance is anchored in the participation of the people in all aspect of governance from direction setting to monitoring.
The G-watch Naga Team with the EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux, DILG Secretary Robredo and Joy Aceron of GWatch, as they received the Plaque of Appreciation during the G-watch Localization Expo on April 26, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manila.
G-Watch provides tools and methods for ordinary citizens’ participation in the monitoring of government service delivery programs. These were designed to answer the question that any ordinary citizen would want to ask: Is the government able to deliver what it promised to deliver? Thus, they basically revolve around the comparison of input and output, plan and accomplishment or expectation and actual result. The comparison takes into account variables, such as time (was the project finished on schedule?), cost (did the project exceed the budget?), quantity (did the beneficiaries receive what was allocated for them?), quality (were the goods produced in accordance with the agreed specifications?) and procedures (were documentation requirements properly accomplished?).
The activities of G-Watch include establishing partnership with government agencies for the conduct of the monitoring, direct transfer of the tools and methods to citizen groups and communities, and coordination of civil society monitoring initiatives that had been activated. These stakeholders, i.e. government agencies, citizen groups and communities, are likewise considered the beneficiaries of the G-Watch initiatives.(http://www.changemakers.com/competition/endcorruption/entries/g-watch-government-watch)
GWatch program in Naga focuses on education monitoring both the DepEd and the LGU program. it is entitled in the Bicolano dialect as “edukasyon sa naga, salmingan ta!” which means examining the education of the of Naga. said program was able to mobilize the parent-teachers assosciation, urban poor leaders and QUEEN parents to be part in the monitoring activities in the 37 elementary and secondary schools of the city.
GWatch Naga Teams is composed of the representatives from the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Education, Sports and Scholarship Office (ESSO), Department of Education, Naga City People’s Council, Institute of Politics – Ateneo de Naga Universityand QUEEN Parents Federation.