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Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Decentralized Governance Project Year 2: Citizen Participation in Regional Development

 

The Decentralized Governance (DG) Project aims to support the empowerment of civil society organization (CSO) networks and basic sector groups in addressing the needs of local communities and influencing regional and local development in 8 provinces and 4 regions in the country. This is being done through the CSOs’ active participation in the public local development planning and budgeting processes and through their partnerships with regional offices of national government agencies (NGAs) and with local government units (LGUs). The project is currently in its second year, where the local partners are aligning their respective organizational plans or activities with the Regional Poverty Reduction and Development Agendas (RPRDAs) they developed the previous year and are implementing their priority projects according to these agenda. The DG Project runs from November 2012 to December 2015. 

In order to effect regional development, the DG Project empowers local groups to proactively participate in the local/regional development councils (L/RDCs) as well as in the participatory initiative established by the current administration in the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) or formerly known as Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). 

The accreditation and membership in these LDCs/RDCs enable organizations to have a more direct role in contributing to the decisions and directions of their LGUs – particularly with projects geared towards poverty reduction which the LGUs will implement. The GPBP on the other hand is an internationally recognized initiative of the current administration which enables CSOs, in partnership with their respective LGUs, to formulate programs and projects which they deem to have utmost significance in alleviating poverty in their respective areas. 

At present, the project has reached a total of 343 CSOs (162 NGOs and 181 people’s organizations or POs), 141 (41%) of which are accredited in various levels of LDCs. Of these, 14 NGOs and 3 cooperatives in particular are accredited by and are actively participating in their respective RDCs. All of the implementing partners and their networks are also involved in the GPBP activities in their respective areas. 

In order to guide the partners in determining what projects and programs they need to lobby for in order to reduce poverty and spearhead development for their respective areas, they came up with their own CSO Regional Poverty Reduction and Development Agendas (RPRDAs). The project thus far has been dedicated to the agendas’ formulation, with the partners undergoing a comprehensive process of planning and consultation with local groups in order to determine what they needed to focus on. These efforts ultimately paid off, as the 4 regions’ respective RPRDAs have all been finalized and disseminated to the other CSO partners, LGUs and NGAs in their areas. 

The implementing partners and their local CSO partners have signified their support and have either adopted the RPRDAs in their respective plans or aligned their activities with it. Now, the partner networks and their members and partners are still continuing to do the advocacy work with relevant local government bodies through information building on the agenda, commitment building meetings and other activities. They have also selected their priority projects from the RPRDA and are already in various stages of preparation and implementation. The priority projects identified are as follows: CSOs capacity building and training on Government Procurement (Region V); Government Watch or G-Watch (Region VII); Kalabugao Plain Peace and Development Convergence Program (Region X); and Organic Program (Region XI). 

The project also seeks to take a step towards the attainment of regional development through the introduction of local ordinances which aim to empower civil society to participate in the local governance processes of the LGUs. Two (2) implementing partners have successfully advocated for the passage of such measures: in Region V, an issuance from the DILG regional office which reduced the requirements needed for accreditation was passed; while in Region VII, an ordinance on people’s empowerment was passed in Dumaguete City. 

The partner groups have shared their lessons and experiences from the project thus far at the National Conference on Participatory and Decentralized Governance held last July 17-18, 2014 in Quezon City. Among other things, this event has resulted in a consensus document on policy recommendations to government agencies on poverty reduction and participatory governance, which was presented to the concerned National Government Agencies and LGUs. On August 25, 2014, the Media Conference on Participatory and Decentralized Governance was also held in Naga City, Bicol which commemorated the reform legacy of the late DILG Secretary, Jesse Robredo, on participatory governance processes. 

The project team, together with partners from the Coalition for a Citizen’s Constitution (C4CC), also became actively involved in a number of other related campaigns, namely: the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, as well as the mobilization against the passage of the Resolution of Both Houses 0001 which aims to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. 

The DG Project is being supported by Misereor of Germany and implemented by the following partners: Coalition for Bicol Development (CBD) in Region V (Bicol); Central Visayas Network of NGOs (CenVISNET) in Region VII (Central Visayas); Balay Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) in Region X (Northern Mindanao); and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (MINCODE) in Region XI (Davao). Other partners are People’s Alternative Study Center for Research and Education in Social Development (PASCRES) in NCR (National Capital Region); Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs (EVNET) in Eastern Visayas; Western Visayas Network of NGOs (WEVNET) in Western Visayas; Cordillera Network of NGOs & POs (CORDNET) in Cordillera Administrative Region; and Katotohanan, Pagkakaisa, at Serbisyo (KPS) Foundation, Inc. in SOCCSKARGEN.

 

 

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