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Highlights of the 12th NGO PO Week in Iloilo (December 1-7, 2011)

With financial assistance from the Provincial Government of Iloilo under Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., the week-long celebration of the 12th NGO PO Week was successfully done as planned.

Bishop Leocito Gabo, professor of the College of Social Work and Community Development UP Diliman, stresses his point during the forum

The opening program was held at Central Philippine University after the motorcade around the city starting from the New Provincial Capitol Ground.

Part of the program was a forum related to the theme with panelists from government agency and non-government organizations.

CPU Social Work students render a musical number during the Opening Program

It was co-sponsored by the Department of Social Work, Central Philippine University (CPU)

Bro. Edwin Arana, ICON 1st VP, answers questions from the participants while the other panelists wait for their turn. With Bro. Edwin are Jairus Broce of Signpost, Intl., Alma Jornadal and Breccio Ostan from DSWD Regional office

ICON Gen Sec Bro. Andrew Escuban and Retired P/Inspector Erna Foerster, PALI adviser prepare for the Opening of Photo Exhibit at Amigo Plaza Mall. With them are Georie Pitong, ICON VP for POs and Debbie, a volunteer.

The second day witnessed the Opening of Photo Exhibit at Amigo Plaza Mall with Photo Artist League of Iloilo taking the lead.

Next day, Mangrove planting was simultaneously conducted in Leganes and North Baluarte, Iloilo City. The activity was co-sponsored by Freedom from Debt Coalition-Iloilo and Signpost, International. It was participated in by RISE, I STAND, Signpost, and NSTP-Literacy Training Service of Central Philippine University.

On December 4, an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service was held at Jaro Biscocho Haus led by the Development Advocates and Workers Network (DAWN). The following day, DAWN sponsored a Gift Giving at MV Hechanova in Leganes.

Pastor Luel Declarador opens the forum with an invocation.

A Forum on Volunteerism was conducted at the 5th Floor Conference Room, New Provincial Capitol Bldg. on the 6th day of the celebration.

UP Prof. Ruben Gamala, ICON Board, serves as resource person in the forum at the New Provincial Capitol

It was well attended by Social Work students and Community Development student of CPU and Western Visayas College of Science and Technology, respectively. Other participants came from John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University and non-government organizations. The forum was co-sponsored by Volunteer Organizations, Information, Communication Exchange (VOICE)-Visayas and Junior Social Workers Association.

YMCA Coordinator Eleazar Blando, panelist, receives his certificate of appreciation from Bro. Edwin Arana

The Culminating Activity was held at Henry Luce III Library, CPU. Co-sponsored by the Office for Student Affairs, CPU, the Capability Building Seminar on Project Proposal was similarly well attended by student leaders and ICON member organizations.

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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.



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.


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

Sangguniang Panlalawigan

With our concurrence:
Floor Leader



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