BAGUIO CITY— The DILG Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said that all local government units (LGUs) in the region have been tasked to establish a Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Desk and to institutionalize a People's Council (PC) in each LGUs to provide a mechanism for citizens' views and opinions in various areas of governance to be heard and considered.
DILG CAR Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Division Chief Daisy Payang said that the CSO Desk shall serve as an avenue to document and address the issues and concerns of CSOs in the locality; assist CSOs intending to apply for accreditation to a local special body and/or participate in local government programs, including the PC; and encourage the active participation of CSOs in all local governance processes from planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs, projects and activities, through the spirit of volunteerism.
“The presence of the CSO Desks in the LGUs will ensure effective and appropriate participation of CSOs at all levels of social, political, and economic decision-making," Payang said.
“The CSO Desk will be responsible for the organization of federation or coalition of sectoral CSOs, including the formation of PC in the LGU,” she added.
Meanwhile, the DILG enjoins Local Sanggunians, through their CSO Desk Officers, to issue a Notice of Call for the Creation of PC to all accredited, registered, and recognized CSOs, with copies posted in at least three conspicuous places within the city or municipality.
Consequently, the Provincial PC shall be recognized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through a resolution thus all nominees from the component municipal and city PCs within the jurisdiction shall elect from among themselves the members of the Provincial PC.
The PCs will be composed of CSOs that will be accredited by the Local Sanggunian upon proof of submission of requirements, including proof of existence for at least one year, proof of activities, list of membership, and officers, among others.
It can be recalled that DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in an official statement that the participation of CSOs in government processes is important for providing check and balance and exacting accountability. An active CSO participation is an indicator of healthy participatory governance.