The DILG CARAGA Region has conducted a rollout activity in compliance with DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72 on the “Guidelines on Accreditation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Selection of Representatives to the Local Special Bodies (LSBs)” held July 18-19, 2019 at the Grand Palace Hotel in Butuan City.
DILG CARAGA Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion said the rollout was conducted to orient DILG field officers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the salient features of the memo circular particularly on the conduct of CSO conference as part of the accreditation process in the selection of LSBs representatives.
“The activity will help our field officers on how to effectively enforce the guidelines in their respective local government units (LGUs) and the area they are operating in as well as to convene the CSOs on the guidelines on CSO accreditation for their engagement with DILG programs, projects, and activities (PPAs),” Famacion explained.
A total of 31 active CSOs in Caraga as well as the Program and Outcome Managers of DILG participated in the Regional Rollout and rose to the challenge of DILG Assistant Regional Director Donald A. Seronay hoping that at the end of the activity, the CSOs in the region will be organized to facilitate a more active engagement with the DILG.
One of the highlights of the two-day activity was the election of officers of the Federated CSOs of Caraga with Mr. Victor Emmanuel A. Ozarraga of Gawad Kalinga (GK) elected as Board of Directors Chairperson/Person.
Likewise, seven board members were elected from each province and Butuan City including representatives from the Indigenous Peoples (IP) sector.
DILG M.C. No. 2019-72 was issued in consonance with Article 64 of the IRR of the Local Government Code of 1991 which states that “within thirty (30) days from the approval of these Rules and thereafter, within thirty (30) days from the organization of the newly elected sanggunian, each sanggunian concerned shall call all community-based people's organizations or NGOs, including business and professional groups, and other similar aggrupation to apply with the LGU concerned for accreditation for membership in the local special bodies."