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    Bill filed vs fake NGOs in Philippines

    TO prevent fly-by-night nongovernment organizations (NGOs), a Philippine lawmaker on Monday proposed the creation of a regulatory body called the National Commission on Nongovernmental Organizations (NCNO).
    "This will also give recognition of the role and contributions of the NGO sector as a partner in Philippine development and encourage a more effective NGO participation in the nation's governance processes," Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said.
    Rodriguez explained that House Bill 3938 would regulate NGOs through the proposed NCNO to be composed of five full-time members from nominees of various NGOs.
    The NGOs may submit their nominees to the Office of the President of the Philippines within 60 days after the proposed law took effect, and the President shall appoint the Chairman of the Commission and its four member-Commissioners.
    The Chairman of the Commission and the Commissioners must be citizens of the country who shall have knowledge or experience in people’s organization for at least 10 years and must not have been candidates for elective positions in the immediately preceding election prior to appointment.
    The full-time Chairman shall hold office for a term of four years, the two Commissioners for three years and another two Commissioners for two years. The Chairman and the Commissioners shall have the rank of a Department Secretary and Undersecretary, respectively.
    Rodriguez noted that NGOs play significant roles in the national development process because of their accessibility and accountability to grassroots groups. They represent the organized and voluntary effort of the people to assist the less fortunate sectors of society by direct delivery of basic services.
    "This bill also seeks to promote professionalism, accountability and transparency among NGOs and prevent the fly-by-night NGOs or other organizations established solely for the benefit and self-interest of individuals or groups under the guise of social development," Rodriguez further explained.
    HB 3938 seeks to create a body that will exclusively regulate all NGOs in the country and provide a system for greater collaboration and complementation between the government and the NGOs.
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