“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:
- General Provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act and its implementing rules and regulations
- Procurement of goods, services and infrastructure projects
- Case studies for procurement of goods and infrastructure
- Red Flags in procurements
- 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.
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.