DILG IV-A RC, CMs Strengthen Coalition, Form Strategic Actions to Continuously Empower CSOs
The Regional Coordinator and Community Mobilizers of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region IV-A convened on May 31 – June 1, 2016 for its 5th Monthly Meeting held at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City Cavite.
The said meeting served as avenue to discuss the issues and concerns encountered by the Community Mobilizers during the conduct of various Civil Society Organizations’ activities for the previous quarter as well as the status of implementation of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Projects in their respective areas of responsibility. It also aimed to formulate strategic actions to further strengthen the active participation of CSOs in the BuB Program.
Some of the problems mentioned were the transportation expenses incurred by the CSO members who attended the CSO Forum held during the previous months. This also applies to remaining cities and municipalities with no conducted CSO Forums yet. The Community Mobilizers also sought clarifications regarding the BuB Projects dropped by some of the implementing agencies.
As for achieving the goal of the BuB Program in empowering CSOs, the Regional Coordinator and the Community Mobilizers structured an action planning during the second day of the meeting. Discussing different views and suggestions, the community mobilizers deliberated prior actions for the conduct of various activities set by the Project Management Office for the succeeding months.
They were also guided with the deliverables and required documents they need to accomplish and comply as for the conduct of CSO Assembly this year in preparation for BuB FY 2018.
Also present in the event was the Concurrent-OIC Regional Director of the DILG IV-A, Asec. Josefina Castilla-Go who encouraged the Community Mobilizers to continue empowering CSOs may or may not the next administration espouse the BuB Program.
Said meeting was organized and facilitated by the DILG IV-A Regional Project Management Team headed by Mr. Kier John R. Dawinan. The Regional Coordinator and Community Mobilizers are primarily responsible for mobilizing and ensuring genuine participation of CSOs in the BuB Program. (FSC, RPMT)