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Monday, May 30, 2016

NCPC highlights participatory and inclusive governance under the USAID project

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, May 30 (PIA) ---  For the past 20 years, the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) has empowered various people organizations that paved the way for people’s participation in local governance, subsequently leading to an economically and socially sound community as it replicates the various programs in their own locality.

A by-product of City Ordinance No. 95-092, NCPC already have 90 members classified into thirteen (13) sectors which include the urban poor, youth and children, business, labor,  senior citizen, women, persons with disabilities,  peasant, transport, barangay people’s council, education, civic, professionals and enthusiasts, and NGO sectors.

In a press conference on Thursday, May 26 at Bistro Roberto, Villa Caceres Hotel here, Johann Dada Dela Rosa, NCPC executive director presented their accomplishment on a project supported by the USAID Philippine American Fund.

The project dubbed as “Advancing and Instituting Greater accountability and Transparency through Expanded Civic Engagement in Metro Naga Area” was implemented in 7 municipalities, namely: Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Minalabac, Camaligan. Calabanga and Ocampo .

Some of the salient activities which were implemented in line with the realization of the said project include farmer and fisherfolk consultative forum, organic rice farming demo farm and orientation on local legislation processes to the people council’s leaders in San Fernando ; dialogue with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) regarding IP representation in barangays in Ocampo and other leadership training and seminars in other project sites among others.

NCPC partnered with 2 major funding agencies for the realization of various projects in the Metro Naga area; the United Democracy Fund for the 1st batch of LGU beneficiaries and USAID Phil-American Fund which awarded the council with P6M.

“The objective of the two programs is to promote and replicate the people’s council concept as a viable model for the advancement and institutions of greater accountability and transparency in governance that will lead to expanded civic engagement in the municipalities comprising the Metro Naga Area,” Dela Rosa stated.

He also added that very essence of the program is sustainability. He believed that assistance from NGOs should not cease even after the project has been completed. Project areas were picked based on their accessibility for easier monitoring.

City Mayor John Bongat who has been promoting participatory governance and transparency under his administration expounded on the importance and benefits of People’s Councils.

“Institutionalization of a program like the participatory and inclusive governance, where decision-making is not only owned by you leaders, but owned by everybody. Participatory and inclusive governance makes sense for the development of community. The procedure and processes for decision-making may be longer, but it is shot cut for swift and fast implementation.”

NCPC reported that at the end of the project, that one of the accomplishments of the people’s councils is their triumph to position themselves in the Local Poverty Reduction Action team giving them a voice what projects should be prioritized under the BUB.  (MAL/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861464575476/ncpc-highlights-participatory-and-inclusive-governance-under-the-usaid-project#sthash.gkjlx4GC.dpuf

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