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Prov’l Gov’t encourages CSOs to take part in participatory governance

The provincial government led by Governor Amado I. Espino III encourages the participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to an inclusive and participatory good local governance.

This became evident with the staging of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Conference on August 9 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, which gathered the top officials and representatives of federated provincial associations of CSOs.

“We conducted this conference to brief the registered or not registered (and accredited and not accredited) CSOs on their functions in local special bodies of the provincial government of Pangasinan,” said Randy dela Rosa, OIC Provincial Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Local Special Bodies (LSBs) include: Provincial Development Council, local health board, local school board, and the peace and order council.

CSO is the umbrella organization of non-government organizations, sectoral groups (business sector, private sector among others), and other peoples organizations.

“We are doing this (conference) to promote citizens participation, a principle of good local governance,” dela Rosa said.

The conference provided the CSOs information of the critical importance of participatory governance, codal avenues for CSO participation, local CSO networking, and guidliness on LGU accreditation of CSOs and reconstitution of the LSBs.

Engaging in participatory governance, the CSOs of a province-wide scope of influence or operations are encouraged to undergo the accreditation process to be facilitated by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) secretariat. The application is subject to the validation of the SP.

Requirements for CSO accreditation include : application letter, accomplished application form, approved board resolution signifying intention for accreditation, certificate of registration/accreditation, list of current members, sworn statement issued by chief executive officer stating that CSO is an independent, non-partisan, organization in pursuing the advancement of the people’s interest.

For existing CSOs, requirements are minutes of annual meetings, annual accomplishment report, and financial statement.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photo by MVS)