For 12 years now, the Iloilo Coalition of Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (ICON) has been in the forefront of the celebration of NGO PO Week in Iloilo every first week of December. The affair aims to recognize the role of non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) in nation building.
This year’s theme is “4 Ps: Pagbuyloganay sang Pribado kag Publiko nga sektor para sa Pag-uswag.” The week-long celebration will kickoff with a motorcade on December 1, 7:00 am from Provincial Capitol to Central Philippine University for the Opening Program and Forum on 4Ps. Expected to grace the program are City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and DSWD Director Minda Brigoli. Among the highlights of the celebration is a forum on Volunteerism scheduled on December 6 with Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. Other activities are as follows: Photo Exhibit at Amigo Plaza Mall on December 2; . Mangrove planting activities in North Baluarte, Iloilo City and Leganes on December 3; Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service and Capability Building Seminar on December 4 and December 7, respectively.
The annual celebration of the NGO PO week is observed by the virtue of Provincial Ordinance 2000-042 and City Regulation Ordinance 2001-190 in recognition of the role of the civil society organizations in nation building. The move was spearheaded in 2000 by the Iloilo Council of Social Development, Inc. network of welfare and development NGOs and supported by other members of civil society organizations. Eventually, the Iloilo Coalition of NGOs and POs (ICON) was formally organized to lead the annual celebration. Through this paper, ICON extends invitation to individuals, groups and organizations that want to participate in the week-long activities. Interested parties can contact Prof. Edwin I. Lariza at the Department of Social Work, Central Philippine University or through 09198757724.