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july08.2014Committee on people’s participation approves bill on accreditation of NGOs & POs eligible to access gov’t funds

july08.2014Committee on people’s participation approves bill on accreditation of NGOs & POs eligible to access gov’t funds

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Committee on people’s participation approves bill on accreditation of NGOs & POs eligible to access gov’t funds
Committee on people’s participation approves bill on accreditation of NGOs & POs eligible to access gov’t funds

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Committee on people’s participation approves bill on accreditation of NGOs & POs eligible to access gov’t funds
The House Committee on People’s Participation has approved a bill providing a systemfor the accreditation of non-government organizations (NGs! and people’s organizations (Ps!eligible to access government funds" and ensure accountability and transparency in the use of  public money# The committee chaired by $ep# %en&amin 'silo (
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 )istrict" *anila! approved the proposal embodied in House %ill +, entitled .NG 'ccreditation for Government /und$eleases 'ct0 1hich substituted H% 2+++ principally authored by $ep# Teddy %aguilat" 3r# (4one)istrict" 5fugao!#%aguilat said the bill aims to recognize the need of the 6tate to establish a centralaccrediting agency for the NGs and Ps see7ing to be entrusted 1ith government funds# Hefurther said it also aims to provide for a system of accountability and transparency by pinpointingresponsibility over the proper utilization of government funds and the successful implementationof the pro&ects#The bill provides it is a declared 6tate policy to encourage independent NGs and Ps toinvolve themselves in underta7ings" 1hich promote the interest and 1elfare of the nation# 'sfacilitators of the people’s interests at the grassroots level" these organizations may implement programs and pro&ects using public funds# 8se of such funds shall" at all times" be governed by the principles of effectiveness"efficiency" economy" transparency" ethics" and shall not be pre&udicial to the public service# 5t isalso the policy of the 6tate 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 NGs and Ps that see7 to implement programs and pro&ects publicfunds from any department" agency" and instrumentality of the national government and localgovernment units (4G8s!" including government-o1ned and controlled corporations (GCCs!"and their subsidiaries" either through competitive bidding or through direct releases to beneficiaries5t provides for the criteria and procedures for the accreditation of NGs and Ps 1hichare applying for government funding" and 1hich shall only be valid for one year and may berene1ed yearlyThe measure re9uires accredited NGs and Ps to prove and provide evidence on thefollo1ing: ;ears of <=istence> 4egal Personalities> /und 6ources and /inancial Condition> Placeof %usiness> 6uccessful Trac7 $ecord> Compliance to 'll $eportorial $e9uirements> Non-<=istence of a Conflict of 5nterest and Nepotism> and 4egitimacy and Commitment to Publicservice
NR # 3521JULY 8, 2014

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