|DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia|
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has pushed for the accreditation of civil society organization based in the Bicol region to ensure that government programs and projects are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out.
DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the need for the accreditation is being pursued for the government agencies to properly monitor and safeguard the proper use of funds on programs and projects carried out in partnership with CSOs.
Garcia explained that the measure is aligned with Section 34 and 35 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code, which mandates local government units (LGUs) to promote the formation and operation of CSOs to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy especially in the delivery of basic services, capability-building, livelihood projects and development of local enterprises designed, among others, to enhance the well-being of the people.
"CSOs, composed of community members are being recognized by the government to have better position to implement projects. Accountability and transparency of the project are exact if the implementers of the government projects are based in the community," he added.
He furthered that the CSOs likewise play critical role in preparing the communities not only to receive government funds but eventually manage and implement government projects themselves.
Guidelines for accreditation of CSOs provide that a.) must have operated for at least three years prior to the date of application for accreditation in the Geographical Areas of Activity and Technical Area(s) of activity being applied for accreditation; b.) must not have any incorporator, organizer, director, trustees, offices or affinity to any DSWD official involved in the processing of its accreditation, or any official of the Government Agencies funding and implementing the program or the project to be implemented by the CSOs; c.) must not have any derogatory record with any government agency; d.) must not be in default or delay in liquidating.
At present, four CSOs are accredited and seven CSOs are under assessment. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)