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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.

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

NCPC Project Shortlisted in the UNDEF Call for Proposal

31 May

NCPC is grateful for inclusion of its project in the short list of proposals that made it to the final rounds of selection of the United Nation Development Fund. The project was conceptualized and submitted before the deadline last December 30, 2011.

the concept of the project is promotion and institutionalization of partnership between the government and the people through operationalization and strengthening of people’s councils both the barangays of the city and some neighboring town.

the Deputy Executive Head of the UNDEF preliminary contacted NCPC to inform that the project is jest waiting approval of the UN Secretary General and hopefully will be signed before the end of the June. Initial dates have been set up to discuss the draft project negotiation process.

UNDEF is financing facility of the United Nation and the call for proposal was participated by hundreds of CSOs world wide. NCPC was fortunate that its proposal was considered and have up to the shortlisting.

http://www.un.org/democracyfund/Docs/UU14.pdf

UNDEF’s Sixth Round of Funding comes as momentous efforts
for democratization continue to unfold in countries around
the world, while challenges old and new evolve in others. The
UNDEF Advisory Board met on 19 April and endorsed a short
list of 73 projects in Africa, the Arab world, Asia, the Americas
and Eastern Europe, estimated at a total of approximately
15 million dollars. The list is now subject to approval by the
Secretary-General, and to the successful negotiation of a
project document between UNDEF and each short-listed
applicant. Due to the high volume of proposals — 2,868 for
the Sixth Round, the second highest number in the history of
the Fund — UNDEF is able to contact, in mid-2012, only those
applicants whose proposals are short-listed.

The proposals originate from organizations in
105 countries, the vast majority local civil society
groups in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin
America and the Caribbean. This response will add
further to the considerable growth the Fund has
experienced since its creation in 2005. In its first five Rounds
of Funding, UNDEF supported more than 400 projects in a
total of some 150 countries. The initiatives all reflect a focus
on strengthening the voice of civil society, thus concentrating
on the demand side of democracy, rather than the supply
side. With 73 countries on the short list, the total number of
projects funded by UNDEF will rise to about 480

The short list is the product of a thorough process of
assessment, quality vetting, due diligence and lessons learned
from previous Rounds. The proposals were first vetted by a
team of six independent international assessors, combining
some 60 years of programme and project experience.

Each proposal was scored against 10 set criteria:
• Promotes the objectives of UNDEF
• Draws on the United Nations comparative advantage
• Will have a significant impact
• Will encourage inclusiveness
• Will enhance gender equality
• Has strong prospects for successful implementation
• Has a strong track record
• Is technically sound in conception and presentation
• Represents good value for money
• Has strong prospects of sustainability beyond the
project duration.

This assessment narrowed down the list
to about 240 proposals. To narrow down
the list further, comments were sought by
Experts of the UNDEF Advisory Board, UN
Resident Coordinators, and the UNDEF
Programme Consultative Group: the Department
of Political Affairs, the Department of Peacekeeping
Operations, the Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights, the Peacebuilding Support Office, the
UN Development Programme, the UN Office on Drugs
and Crime and UN Women.

Based on this collective input, the UNDEF Secretariat
produced a short-list of 73 project proposals. 31 per
cent are in Africa, followed by 27 per cent in Asia. The
Arab world has an unprecedented 15 per cent – even
more than the year before.

Broken down by key activity, 27 per cent are in
the area of community development, followed
by 22 per cent in youth; 18 per cent in women’s
empowerment; 15 per cent in media; 15 per cent
in rule of law and human rights; and 3 per cent in
strengthening instrumentalities of Government.
Once the short list is approved by the SecretaryGeneral, the proposal moves into the final stage
in the selection process: the negotiation of a
project document, in effect the contract between
UNDEF and the grantee. This negotiation
requires the applicant to provide a more
elaborated project design, and involves detailed
input from both UNDEF and the applicant, as
well as scrutiny and due diligence enquiries by
UNDEF. Only upon successful conclusion of the
project document, and its approval by the UN
Controller, will the project proposal formally be
approved for funds disbursement.

The UNDEF Board for 2012-2013 brings
together UNDEF’s seven biggest donors —
the United States, India, Sweden, Germany,
Australia, Spain and France; six countries
reflecting geographical diversity and a
commitment to democratic principles —
Jamaica, Lithuania, Tanzania, Timor-Leste,
Tunisia and Uruguay; three individuals —
Professor Michael Doyle (Chair of the Board), of
Columbia University, Ms. Shazia Rafi, SecretaryGeneral of Parliamentarians for Global Action,
and Mr. Jeffrey Wright, Actor and Founder of
Taia Peace Foundation; and two civil society
organizations — Third World Network and
Women’s Environment and Development
Organizations

NCPC included in the Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs Project

19 Apr

“Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Project aims to build the capacities of 120 civil society organizations through the provision of organization development (OD) interventions to address key capacity development gaps that limit the effectiveness of CSOs to achieve sustainable and significant impact, be accountable to its constituents, and be able to effectively compete for and manage donor resources;

Hundreds of CSOs applied for the 120 limited slots. All the applications were carefully reviewed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) composed of our consortium representatives from the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), Association of Foundations (AF), Caucus of Development NGOs (CODE-NGO), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), and UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG). Using the information provided by the applicants in their completed CSO Criteria Checklist, the PSC assessed each applicant based on parameters such as legal personality, years in operation, number of full time staff, presence of books of accounts, likelihood that the CSO will be able to continue operating in the next three years, location and program coverage in order to come up with the priority 120 organizations.

Last April 13, NCPC receives communication from Marissa Camacho, the Chief of Party of the Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs Project of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. informing us that we were selected as one of the 120 CSOs included in the project. This opportunity will further enhance the capacity of the Council’s Board and Secretariat in managing and sustaining its operation. It will also provide an opportunity to review and assess the Council’s policies and guidelines so that it will be in harmony with its vision, mission and by-laws.