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Phl NGOs, POs to gain access on gov’t funds
THE House Committee on People's Participation has approved a bill providing a system for the accreditation of non-government organizations (NGOs) and people's organizations (POs) eligible to access funds of the Philippine government and ensure accountability and transparency in the use of public money.
The committee chaired by Rep. Benjamin Asilo of Manila on Tuesday approved the proposal embodied in House Bill 4688 entitled "NGO Accreditation for Government Fund Releases Act" which substituted HB 3444 principally authored by Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Jr. of Ifugao Province.
Baguilat said the bill aims to recognize the need of the State to establish a central accrediting agency for the NGOs and POs seeking to be entrusted with government funds.
He further said it also aims to provide for a system of accountability and transparency by pinpointing responsibility over the proper utilization of government funds and the successful implementation of the projects.
The bill provides it is a declared State policy to encourage independent NGOs and POs to involve themselves in undertakings, which promote the interest and welfare of the nation. As facilitators of the people's interests at the grassroots level, these organizations may implement programs and projects using public funds.
Use of such funds shall, at all times, be governed by the principles of effectiveness, efficiency, economy, transparency, ethics, and shall not be prejudicial to the public service. It is also the policy of the State to vigilantly guard against organizations siphoning public funds for private ends to the detriment of the public good and of public service, the bill further provides.
The bill covers all NGOs and POs that seek to implement programs and projects public funds from any department, agency, and instrumentality of the national government and local government units (LGUs), including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and their subsidiaries, either through competitive bidding or through direct releases to beneficiaries
It provides for the criteria and procedures for the accreditation of NGOs and POs which are applying for government funding, and which shall only be valid for one year and may be renewed yearly.