Provincial Government builds, strengthens partnership with CSOs

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga stressed the significance of the CSOs’ partnership with the government in order to promote a balanced and well-represented governance.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga explains the significance of the CSOs’ partnership with the government in order to promote a balanced governance.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Eleven accredited Civil Society Organizations have vowed their commitment to work with the Provincial Government in order to push for further inclusive-development here in the province.

On Friday October 7, each CSOs have been designated a membership in the four different Local Special Bodies mandated under the law. These are the Provincial Development Council (PDC), Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Local School Board (LSB), and Local Health Board (LHB).

The selected CSO members under the PDC are the Ad Jesum Development Foundation, Inc., Agape House Ministries of Pujada, Inc., Davao Oriental Market Multipurpose Cooperative (DOMMUPCO), Oriental Pacific Business Chamber, Inc., Lungga Mangmang Agong Center, Inc. and Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA).

For the PPOC, the selected CSO members are Dreams Rescue 166, DOSMART, and Guardians Brotherhood Inc. Selected for the Local Health Board is the Davao Oriental Health Multi-Purpose Cooperative while chosen for the Local School Board is the Department of Education, National Employees’ Union – Davao Oriental Chapter.

Representatives of the eleven accredited CSOs in Davao Oriental

Representatives of the eleven accredited CSOs in Davao Oriental during the selection of membership to Local Special Bodies.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga stressed the significance of the CSOs’ partnership with the government. She said that the CSOs are needed in order to promote a balanced governance, which encourages participation and consultation in the formulation of policies that will affect and benefit the people.

In addition, the objective of the CSOs representation to these special bodies is to formally forge cooperation in the promotion of responsible and transparent local government units.

She said more developments are set to take place especially that the current national administration and the local government are bullish in the peace and order campaign as well as in pushing for vibrant economy and in alleviating of poverty.

“We are seeking your participation in your membership in the four special bodies. We really need the partnership of the CSOs because we need to balance governance,” she said.

Banking on the spirit of volunteerism, she cited the implementation of the Masa Masid program of the DILG which needs to tap volunteers, particularly the faith-based groups and other CSOs, in the monitoring of drug dependents who surrendered to the government.  

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Freddie C. Bendulo, conveyed to the representatives of each CSO that their designation in the local special bodies is part of the development agenda of Governor Nelson Dayanghirang who encourages the promotion of people’s participation in governance.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Freddie C. Bendulo

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Freddie C. Bendulo

“We share the same passion and vision that is to make a difference in the lives of the people of Davao Oriental,” he said. “We in the government have no monopoly of knowledge so we welcome your opinion, knowledge and resources,” he added, noting the CSOs role as one of the government’s link to people.

The selection process of CSOs to local special bodies is mandated under law through Article 64 of Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Local Government Code and is incorporated to the DILG MC MC 2016-97. By PIO

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