It is developed in support to the government/ administration’s advocacy for transparent, accountable and participatory governance.
A DILG initiative to increase the CSOs participation in local governance, and at the same time, enhance partnerships and relationships between GO and CSOs. This is because the Department acknowledges the significant contributions of the CSOs in local governance and also acknowledges the capacities of CSOs to participate more or have greater role in governance, only if there are opportunities for them to participate – maybe through projects and putting appropriate mechanisms in place. Thus, V2V PIPELOG.
The V2V PIPELOG, will not only support these policies but also help CSOs by developing and implementing a capacity development program for and with the CSOs. This is to enhance their capacities on local government policies, systems and mechanisms where they can actively participate.
These among others and in support to the administration’s advocacy for transparent, accountable and participatory governance are the focus of V2V PIPELOG.
Specifically, the V2V PIPELOG have the following objectives:
- Develop a Knowledge Map of CSOs in local governance
- Strengthen capacitates of CSOs on how to engage with LGUs and find other venues for participation in local governance through policy discussions and development
- Improve access of CSOs to local governance through policy reforms and strengthening the Local Special Bodies (LSB)
- Promote CSOs and citizens’ volunteerism by participating in immersions programs and providing technical assistance
- Develop a performance evaluation and feedback mechanism to help government assess LGU performance
- Strengthen GO-CSO partnerships
To operationalize these goals, the program have Four (4) major Components and these components have its respective target results to ensure that all interventions will not put into waste and will directly contribute to the general goal of the project and of other DILG programs
Component 1 is the CSO Mapping. This research activity aims to increase awareness on the level of participation of CSOs in local governance through conduct of research on CSO enumeration and analysis on CSO capacity building needs.
Component 2, on the other hand, is the LSB Strengthening. This component aims to improve local governance processes for enhanced CSOs/ NGOs participation. At present, the Department have issued memorandum circulars that provides opportunities for CSOs to participate in governance such accreditation processes and representation in the LSB. Inclusivity and accessibility of accreditation and LSB representation, are the issues and gaps this specific initiative aims to address.
Component 3, is the Volunteerism Program which aims to enhance policy environment mechanisms in engaging CSOs in local governance. Together with partner CSOs, the DILG will develop and implement a volunteerism program to encourage CSOs to provide volunteer works through technical assistance and/or immersion activities with LGUs.
Lastly, we have Component 4, which is the Local Governance Watch. This component aims to increase capacity of CSOs in monitoring and evaluation of local government performance as ‘ guardians of good local governance’ and service delivery. This also aims to enhance LGUs-CSO partnerships in the development and implementation of performance measurement tools that will be developed out of this project.