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DILG-XI links up with MINCODE, academe to promote transparent and accountable local governance

by Carina L. Cayon

Davao City (15 September) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government has recently inked ties with the civil society group, academe and the private sector here as the department's new partners in promoting and enhancing transparent and accountable local governance in the region.

As a priority program of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to engage the CSOs and private sector in a collaborative work, the DILG in the region has partnered with the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Network (MINCODE) which has a Mindanao-wide network of non-government organizations at the regional and provincial levels.

During his recent visit in the city this month, Robredo headed the signing of a memorandum of agreement with MINCODE and private sector partners from the academe such as the Ateneo de Davao University and University of Mindanao, as well as the Archdiocesan Commission of Prison Welfare.

DILG's partners from the public safety organizations are the Davao City Central 911, Davao Volunteer Fire Brigade, Filipino Chinese Firefighters, United Philippine National Peace Task Force and Explorer Group, Inc.

"We're all in this together," Robredo told the respective heads of the partner-organizations which are expected to closely work with the Regional Management Coordinating Committee.

The secretary has issued Department Order No. 2010-732 dated August 24, 2010 specifying the participation of the CSOs in RMCC undertakings. The composition of RMCC includes DILG,

Philippine National Police (PNP), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).

"I was impressed," said Robredo as he lauded the newly formed partnership of DILG family with the CSO and private sector in the region.

He said the region is way ahead of Metro Manila in this regard. "Probably way ahead of the Philippines," he added.

Robredo underscored trust as the important element in this public-private endeavor, saying "in the absence of trust, no matter what the intentions are, it will not work."

DILG regional director Quirino Libunao said the department recognizes the significant roles of the CSOs, non-government organizations, people's organizations and private sector in the implementation of developmental programs.

Libunao stated that the partnership aims to effect responsive government project at the local level with the involvement and participation of NGOs and private sector.

MINCODE chairperson Andrea Maria Patricia Sarenas said "it's not going to be difficult for us since we have many experiences working with the government at the regional and local levels."

In the MOA, MINCODE would primarily mobilize its network of CSOs, NGOs and Pos to be partners in the promotion of good local governance at the regional and local levels.

Along with AdDU and UM, MINCODE is also expected to participate in policy dialogues and to provide inputs on "how to best pursue specific advocacies of marginalized sectors in local governments."

The public safety organizations have agreed "to synchronize all their efforts and act in quick and coordinated manner in responding to emergency cases" and "to assist the DILG in all programs relative to its response efforts in emergency situations or cases."

Robredo has particularly commended Davao City Central 911 for its "very very quick, responsive and efficient" emergency response. "We should endeavor to find more avenues in which we multiply the capacity of these organizations," he said.

The ACPW shall specifically provide inputs on "addressing the needs of the detainees and released jail inmates such as medical and hospitalization, paralegal, basic education, technical trainings and livelihood programs."

The MOA also stipulated that all partner organizations shall assist DILG in its advocacies and in crafting new programs on transparency and accountability in local governance.

The DILG on the other hand shall design and coordinate activities for the partnership program and shall issue policies and guidelines implementing the components of the partnership program.

As part of its engagement program with the CSOs, DILG has also recently committed its support to the undertaking of the Budget Tracking for Transparent Accountable Governance in Mindanao (BTTAG) project which was spearheaded by the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.

The BTTAG project involved 20 city and provincial government units which forged solidarity and signed a joint commitment with their respective partner CSOs for "a Transparent Accountable Governance on Local Budgeting in Mindanao." (PIA-XI) [top]

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