|Monday, 21 March 2011 09:58|
CSOs engage the Cabinet's human development and anti-poverty cluster
Last February 23, 2011, 140 representatives from various civil society organizations celebrated the Silver Anniversary of EDSA 1 People Power Revolution by engaging the Cabinet Cluster on Poverty Reduction and Human Development in a dialogue. They took stock of the past 25 years and discussed ways forward in strengthening CSO-government partnerships for poverty reduction. Secretary Joel Rocamora of the National Anti-Poverty Commission presented the anti-poverty framework and plan of the cluster. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman presented the Aquino administration’s policy and initiatives on promoting CSO participation and the various mechanisms of government agencies such as the DILG, Dep-Ed, DOH, DBM, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and DSWD for eliciting citizen's feedback and participation in government programs.
Last February 2011, our country celebrated a most defining moment in our history- the People Power Revolution of 1986. Also known as EDSA 1, it sowed hopes and expectations of a changed nation in the hearts and minds of every Filipino. It promised true democracy and development, but twenty-five years past this momentous occasion, many ask if things have indeed changed.
Convenors of the forum include the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), Change Politics Movement (CPM), Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF), Association of Foundations (AF), Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA-CBCP), Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR), Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA), Pilipina, National Council for Social Development (NCSD), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), Tricor, People’s Alternative Study Center for Research and Education on Social Development (PASCRES), Philippine Misereor Partners (PMP), NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR), Social and Liberal Democrats for Reform (SOLIDAR), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and other civil society organizations.