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CODE-NGO’s 25th Anniversary and SocDev2016 slated this November

CODE-NGO Celebrates Silver Anniversary at SocDev 2016

QUEZON CITY — CODE-NGO, a coalition of civil society organizations, will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its Social Development summit titled “SocDev 2016” on November 23-25 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City. The event brings together more than 100 member organizations across 12 national and regional networks. SocDev 2016 is the development sector’s leading venue for sharing industry best practices and discussing pressing matters in the field. This event will also serve as a prelude to CODE-NGO’s annual General Assembly.

A Landmark Year

For its silver anniversary, the organization chose the theme: “CODE-NGO@25: Networking, Empowering, and Transforming for Social Justice and Sustainable Development.

“As a coalition that bridges civil society organizations from all corners of the country, we know first-hand that meaningful connections and partnerships are crucial to the success of social development initiatives. By organizing this event, we hope to celebrate and inform people of the power that a network of passionate, like-minded individuals can offer,” says Sixto Donato C. Macasaet, executive director of CODE-NGO.

In line with this milestone event, the organization has invited no less than Vice President Leni Robredo to deliver the summit’s keynote speech.

To tackle the changing landscape of social development work, SocDev 2016 will also feature a plenary session called “Glo-Cal Environment Scan: Global, Asian, National, and Local Perspectives,” the results of which will inform the organization’s strategic planning for 2017-2022.

2016 is also a landmark year for CODE-NGO in more ways than one, adds Macasaet: “This is the first year of a new presidency, which will surely have implications to sustaining current reform programs. Likewise, 2016 is the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, the 25th year of the Local Government Code’s implementation, and the midway mark for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We expect these historic milestones to frame many of the discussions at SocDev 2016.”

Celebrating a Legacy

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the organization will unveil a limited edition coffee table book that will be presented to members and select guests. The said book will serve as a compilation of the inspiring stories of progress that CODE-NGO’s member organizations and civil society leaders have helped bring to fruition over the past 25 years.

At SocDev 2016, CODE-NGO will also announce the winners of its Youth Video Awards, a contest that seeks to enlighten young Filipinos about the good work done by civil society organizations. A short film that highlights CODE-NGO or any of its members will be chosen as the grand winner and its creators will receive a P50,000 cash prize.

Registration is Ongoing

SocDev 2016 is open to all individuals who are interested in social development work. For details on registration, contact the CODE-NGO Secretariat at telephone numbers +632 920-2595, 435-6616, or 433-1776; or visit the event page: http://code-ngo.org/2016/10/code-ngos-25th-anniversary-socdev2016-slated-november/.

 

ABOUT CODE-NGO

Founded in 1991, the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is the country’s biggest coalition of NGOs working for social development. It is comprised of six national and six regional networks, representing more than 1,600 development NGOs, people’s organizations, and cooperatives nationwide. Its focus is policy advocacy and partnership building in the public arena, as well as developing the capacity and accountability of its member networks and affiliated organizations.

Themed, “CODE-NGO @25: Networking, Empowering and Transforming for Social Justice and Sustainable Development”, CODE-NGO will hold its 25th Anniversary and Social Development Celebration (SocDev) 2016 on November 23-25, 2016 at Sequoia Hotel, Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines. 

The Social Development Celebration (SocDev) is an annual event of CODE-NGO being organized in time for its annual General Assembly to promote to a wider public the contributions of the civil society organization (CSO) sector to social development. The SocDev event offers an avenue for CODE-NGO members and the larger CSO community to reflect on their work and the challenges they face and also to be able to strategize on appropriate actions to address these challenges.

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For SocDev2016, CODE-NGO celebrates a milestone as it organizes a year-long celebration of its 25th year, which culminates in November 2016 in time for its General Assembly.

The context of the SocDev2016 is as follows:

  • 2016 national and local elections and their implications to sustaining reforms
  • 30th year of EDSA People Power Revolution – Monsod: “People Power Revolution has ushered in political revolution. But how about social revolution?” State of social justice / social reform?
  • 25th year of the Local Government Code – state of decentralization, citizen participation in local governance?
  • Making the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 alive – 15 years for People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnerships, and leaving no one behind. 

On Day 1, November 23, a panel discussion on Glo-cal (Global and Local) Environmental Scanning – Global, Asia, national, local perspectives to inform CODE-NGO Strategic Planning 2017-2022 will be conducted. Resource persons will be invited to discuss about political, economic and social perspectives. The results of the CSO Perception Survey on Government and Civil Society 2016 will also be shared to the plenary. In the evening, current and past CSO leaders from the CODE-NGO network will be invited to share highlights of their experiences with the network in the last 25 years.

On Day 2, November 24, an AVP of the highlights of the Lecture Series will be presented. The keynote message will be delivered prior to the launch of CODE-NGO’s 25th Anniversary Book. The afternoon will be spent to conduct simultaneous learning sessions on various social development topics. The day will be capped with a Dinner and Cultural Night along with the Awarding of the Youth Video Awards Winners.

On Day 3, November 25, CODE-NGO’s 25th General Assembly, with the Most Active Network Awards will take place.

For inquiries about SocDev2016, please contact the CODE-NGO Secretariat at tels. +632 9202595, 4356616 or 4331776.

Dear Partner in Development,

Greetings of solidarity and peace!

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is the country’s biggest coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working for social development in the Philippines, with its 6 national and 6 regional member networks representing more than 1,600 development NGOs, people’s organizations (POs) and cooperatives nationwide. CODE-NGO was established in 1991, with a mission to be a trusted national voice of civil society and to advance the capacities of CSOs to exercise transformative leadership.

Every year, CODE-NGO gathers civil society organizations and their development partners from the government and private sectors from all over the country for the Social Development Celebration (SocDev). It aims to promote the contributions of CSOs to national development and expand the public’s understanding about the work of CSOs in improving the lives of Filipino communities.

Themed, “CODE-NGO @25: Networking, Empowering and Transforming for Social Justice and Sustainable Development”, CODE-NGO will hold its 25th Anniversary and Social Development Celebration (SocDev) 2016 on November 23-24, 2016 at Sequoia Hotel, Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines.

Around 150 CSO leaders and partners from other sectors (government, academe, business and media) from all over the country will join this event for dialogue, learning exchange and reflect on the:

·         2016 national and local elections and their implications to sustaining reforms

·         30th year of EDSA People Power Revolution – Monsod: “People Power Revolution has ushered in political revolution. But how about social revolution?” State of social justice / social reform?

·         25th year of the Local Government Code – state of decentralization, citizen participation in local governance?·         Making the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 alive – 15 years for People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnerships, and leaving no one behind.

Prior to the event, some member networks of CODE-NGO are organizing a series of lectures to promote CSO achievements, good practices and lessons to other partners and at the same time learn about emerging key concerns from other development stakeholders that CSOs should consider. The first ever CODE-NGO Youth Video Awards is ongoing and the winner will be announced during the event. The 25th Anniversary Book of CODE-NGO featuring CSO leaders and organizations who have made impact to social development will also be launched.

It will be our pleasure if you could join us in the SocDev2016.  The program of events are downloadable from this link: http://code-ngo.org/dev/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SocDev2016_Program.pdf. Pre-registration is required, so kindly confirm your attendance by accomplishing the online confirmation slip here: https://goo.gl/forms/WpNNnFuRfAsQXGF22 no later than 9 November 2016.

The basic registration fee for the event is PhP900. For November 23, an additional fee of PhP1,100 is required to cover for your lunch and pm snacks. For November 24, an additional fee of PhP1,300 is required to cover for your am snacks, lunch and pm snacks. The registration fees should be deposited to the CODE-NGO account upon submission of your confirmation slip on November 9 and the deposit slip must be emailed (sdw@code-ngo.org) or faxed (+632 9202595 local 101) to CODE-NGO. The account details of CODE-NGO may be found on the confirmation slip. If you opt not to eat in the venue, you may indicate on the slip as well. Kindly note that transportation and lodging costs shall be shouldered by the participant.

For more information about the event, you may contact the CODE-NGO Secretariat at tels. +632 9202595, 4356616 or e-mail sdw@code-ngo.org.

We look forward to your participation to the SocDev2016.

Sincerely,

(Sgd.)

Sixto Donato C. Macasaet

Executive Director

Kindly accomplish the online Confirmation Slip here.