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ICON spearheads 12th NGO-PO Week celebration

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.

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NGO PO WEEK: Milestone of Networking in Iloilo

The annual celebration of the Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) Week in Iloilo is a testament of success in networking. The event has been institutionalized by Provincial Ordinance No. 2000-042 and City Regulation Ordinance 2001-190. As such, it sealed the partnership of the provincial and city government of Iloilo and the civil society organizations in networking for development. Because of the ordinances, NGOs and POs have found a venue to link with each other despite differences in approaches or even in political and ideological persuasions and leanings.

PROVINCIAL ORDINANCE NO. 2000-042

AN ORDINANCE DECLARING AND INSTITUTIONALIZING DECEMBER 1-7, 2000 OF THIS YEAR AND OF EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER AS NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS-PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATIONS (NGO-PO) WEEK IN THE PROVINCE OF ILOILO.

WHEREAS, Section 23, Article II of the 1987 Constitution provides that “the State shall encourage non-governmental, community-based or sectoral organizations that promote the welfare of the nation”, as well as Section 14, Article X provides that “the President shall provide for regional development councils or other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and other government offices, and representatives from non-governmental organizations within the regions for purposes of administrative decentralization to strengthen the autonomy of the units therein and to accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units in the region”;

WHEREAS, the primacy of NGO’s role in the local governance process was given due consideration in the Local Government Code of 1991 when it provided for their participation in the following areas: membership in local special bodies; partnership with the government in joint ventures in development projects; and participation and sectoral representations in local legislative bodies;

WHEREAS, Iloilo Provincial Government, in compliance with the provisions of the Local Government Code relative to the role of NGO’s and PO’s, has effected the same whereby representatives of accredited NGO’s and PO’s are accorded with membership in the Provincial Development Council; and allowing them one seat in the local special bodies: school board, health board, peace and order council, and pre-qualification, bid and awards committee;

WHEREAS, most NGO’s accredited by the Provincial Government and other sectoral organizations in the City and Province of Iloilo will participate in the gathering of NGO’s and PO’s at Central Philippine University on December 1-2, 2000 characterized by fellowship, fun, study, friendly competitions;

WHEREAS, the celebration which centers on the theme “Katin-aran Sang Nasyon: Yara sa Aton Paghiliugyon,” aimed at giving recognition to participation of NGO and PO in the nation building;

WHEREAS, Mr. Edwin I. Lariza, Co-Chair, Provincial Development Council, requested the August Body, thru the Governor, Honorable Arthur D. Defensor, to declare December 1-7, 2000 as Non-Government Organizations-People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) Week in the Province of Iloilo.

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of the Honorable Rodolfo V. Cabado, upon the joint sponsorship of Hon. Juanito T. Alipao, Chairman of the Committee on Cooperatives and other Non-Government Organizations, which was duly seconded,

BE IT ORDAINED, as it is hereby Ordained, by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Iloilo in session assembled, that:

Section 1. December 1-7, 2000 and of every year thereafter is hereby declared as Non-Government Organizations-People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) Week in the Province of Iloilo;

Section 2. Effectivity. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon approval thereof and the same be posted in three (3) conspicuous places at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

RESOLVED, FURTHER, to furnish copies of this resolution to the Governor, Hon. Arthur D. Defensor, and all Non-government Organizations-People’s Organizations thru Mr. Edwin I. Lariza, Co-Chair, Provincial Development Council, for their information and guidance.

APPROVED.

I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the above-quoted Ordinance.

(SGD)LORENZO T. TUBOLA
Secretary
Sangguniang Panlalawigan

With our concurrence:
(SGD) RODOLFO V. CABADO
Floor Leader

(SGD) DEMETRIO P. SONZA
Chairman

Approved:
(SGD) ARTHUR D. DEFENSOR
Governor

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