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Ifugao network of NGOS, POS conduct candidates' forum

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (20 February) -- In a bid to establish a covenant of cooperation among provincial candidates and the civil society group, the Ifugao Network of NGOs (Non Government Organizations) and POs (Peoples Organizations) here conducted recently a candidates' forum.

Irene Calingayan, the President of the Ifugao Federation of Women's Organization said that the activity does not only feature candidates for the congressional to the board member level, but also highlights the signing of a covenant between the civil society groups and the provincial candidates.

The covenant covers the prioritization of the provincial candidates regarding livelihood, enterprise and agro-forest development (LEAD) program, Calingayan said. "They should financially support the said program after the national and local elections," she added.

The network is composed of leaders from the Social Action Development Center (SADC), Kataguwan, Kiphodan, cooperatives, women, youth, business, health,senior citizens, and religious sectors and the Ifugao Overseas Filipino Workers.

The network believes that the next set of provincial elected officials in the province should give priority to the four-point agenda of the national government as follows: elimination of poverty, improvement of moral standards, resurgence of new politics, and leadership by example.

With the blessings of the Provincial COMELEC Supervisor, Lawyer Ricardo Bolintao, the covenant states that the local government units shall promote the establishment and operation of people's and non government organizations to become active partners in pursuit of local autonomy.

Moreover, Bolintao took the chance of demonstrating to the public during said activity how to fill up the ballot as part of the information education campaign for the forthcoming May polls.. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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