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  • The Naga City People‚Äôs Council (NCPC)

     
     
     
    PROJECT TITLE
    Advancing and Instituting Greater Accountability and Transparency through Expanded Civic Engagement in Metro Naga Area
     
    OBJECTIVE
    The project aims to expand civic engagement in the target municipalities using the NCPC model, thereby promoting participatory governance and bringing the agenda of the marginalized sector to the forefront of development plans and programs of the LGUs. 
     
    LOCATION
    Naga (7 municipalities)
     
    DURATION
    2 years
     
    BENEFICIARIES
    • CSO Members and Officials
    • LGUs of 7 Municipalities

    BACKGROUND
    The Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act No. 7160) provided for local sectoral representation of marginalized sectors in local legislative bodies. However, the implementing rules of the policy on sectoral representation was not drafted by the assigned agency. The selection of the last seat for the sectoral representatives was left to the decision of the local government units (LGUs). Where there is such representation, civil society organizations (CSOs) and people’s organizations often do not fully understand their role or have the capacity to fulfill their responsibilities.

    ACTIVITIES
    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, supported the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) in organizing and institutionalizing people’s councils in each of the target municipalities. The people’s council served as the organized representatives of marginalized sectors in local legislative bodies and special bodies. The councils promote participatory governance and brings the agenda of the marginalized sector at the forefront of development plans and programs of the LGUs. It replicated the same efforts done in Naga City in creating and empowering the NCPC. The project also conducted a series of training programs for CSOs to improve their understanding of the government system and processes, especially in development planning and budgeting.
     

    PROJECT RESULTS
    Accomplishments during the Quarter
    NCPC was able to organize seven people’s councils in municipalities surrounding Naga City. One council was established in each of the municipalities of Minalabac, Pamplona, Pasacao, Calabanga, Camaligan, San Fernando and Ocampo in Camarines Sur province.

    The people’s council expanded the civic participation of people’s organizations and some non-government organizations (NGOs), from just being watchdogs of the government to partners of the LGUs in identifying and implementing programs for the marginalized sectors.  

    NCPC united people’s organizations, NGOs and other local stakeholders to form the people’s councils and encouraged them to partner with their respective LGUs in bringing governance closer to the people. The partnership between the council and the LGU provided avenues for marginalized sectors to participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of government programs, as well as the proper delivery of public services.

    The people’s council partners of NCPC lauded the training programs conducted by the council, especially in Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) monitoring and project development. The training programs equipped people’s council members in identifying common lapses in government project implementation. NCPC was able to train a total of 367 people’s council members in the topics of local governance, civic participation in local government projects, monitoring BUB projects and procurement monitoring.

    In planning, the people’s council representatives participated in the local development council and other local special bodies i.e. school boards, health boards and peace and order council. The councils were also accredited by the local legislative bodies to participate in local governance. They were also consulted on the different issues of concerned sectors and were assisted in identifying programs needed at the grassroots level.

    In project implementation, people’s councils provided additional manpower to accelerate implementation of government programs. In the municipality of Minalabac, the people’s council assisted in the establishment of the municipality’s evacuation center in 2015, through the KALAHI-CIDSS program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This was the first occasion that DSWD awarded the program to a non-state institution. In recognition of their best practice, the people’s council was also awarded projects by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. All councils were assigned portions of the social services budget to implement programs that responds to the needs of the marginalized sectors. A total of 26 local government programs were implemented together with the seven people’s councils.

    In monitoring and evaluation, all councils participated in the monitoring of BUB programs of their respective LGUs. Most councils also participated in designing and monitoring the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) programs. In Camaligan, the Municipal Administrator expressed that the creation of the people’s council served as an “eye-opener” for the LGU. Aside from monitoring programs, the council also worked with the local government to improve programs of the municipality, making these programs more responsive.

     
    ABOUT THE GRANTEE
     
    The Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) was created through the enactment of City Ordinance No. 92 series of 1995, otherwise known as the Empowerment Ordinance of Naga City. Since 1997, the organization has operated with regular financial assistance from the city government of Naga for the continuing participation and capacity enhancement of the non-government and people’s organizations.
     
    The NCPC recently implemented a project with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), entitled “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy through People’s Council in the Philippines”, which covered 21 barangays in the Metro Naga Area. The NCPC is also among the 120 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Strengthening Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
     
    Ramiro I. Samar
    Chairperson
    Naga City People’s Council (NCPC)
    Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
    Brgy. Triangulo, Naga City
    Email: ramsamar36@yahoo.com
  • ABOUT THE GRANTEE

     

    The Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) was created through the enactment of City Ordinance No. 92 series of 1995, otherwise known as the Empowerment Ordinance of Naga City. Since 1997, the organization has operated with regular financial assistance from the city government of Naga for the continuing participation and capacity enhancement of the non-government and people’s organizations.

    The NCPC recently implemented a project with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), entitled “Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy through People’s Council in the Philippines”, which covered 21 barangays in the Metro Naga Area. The NCPC is also among the 120 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Strengthening Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

     

    Ramiro I. Samar
    Chairperson
    Naga City People’s Council (NCPC)
    Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
    Brgy. Triangulo, Naga City
    Email: ramsamar36@yahoo.com