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DILG launches vigilance to volunteerism program

Manila (20 November) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government through its Local Government Academy recently launched a program that would enlist the active participation of civil society organizations and non-government organizations in local governance.

Dubbed as "Vigilance to Volunteerism: A Program Intensifying People's Engagement in Local Governance (V2V PIPELOG)", the program was launched with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with program partners Caucus of Development NGO Networks (Code-NGO) and Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) at the SEAMEO Innotech in Quezon City.

DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero representing DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo signed the MOA for the DILG.

The MOA was signed during the "Participatory Governance Forum" organized by Code NGO and attended by officials from the DILG, LGA, Code-NGO and PhilDHRRA and other development partners.

Undersecretary Panadero said the program aims to improve the state of local governance through integrating civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in local government processes and enlisting their active participation in governance.

The project, Undersecretary Panadero said, has four components to encourage inclusive and sustainable collaborations, the first being, Civil Society Organization Mapping that will develop a baseline data of all CSOs working with Local Government Units.

The second component is the Local Special Bodies (LSBs) Strengthening, orientation and collaborative activities with CSOs will be conducted to help increase their membership in local development council (LDC) committees.

The third component is Volunteerism Program that will encourage volunteerism among citizens and CSOs by participating in immersion activities in LGUs.

The fourth component is Guardians of Good Local Governance that will develop a performance evaluation and feedback mechanism that will help the national government assess LGU performance with CSOs as main partners of the government.

The project will bridge the gap to address the need to ignite culture of volunteerism and community involvement for sustainable and progressive development of local governments.

The V2V PIPELOG will focus on promoting NGOs and CSOs active engagement in local governance not just on local planning but through research study, institutional capacity building of CSOs and LGUs, policy reforms, volunteerism programs and technical assistance, network building and performance evaluation and feedback. (PIA 8 with DILG 8 report) [top]

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