By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Negros Oriental Network of Non-Government Organization (NEGORNET) spearheaded the celebration of this year’s Provincial Non-Government Organization and People’s Organization Week today.
With the theme, “Enchancing grassroots participation in local governance” NEGORNET continues to advocate for strong partnership between Non-Government Organization (NGOs) and People’s Organization (POs) with the Local Government Unit (LGUs) for clean, honest and progressive Negros Oriental.
This year’s NGO and PO Week kicked off with a citywide motorcade participated by some NGOs and POs like the Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCO), Kristohanong Katilingban Credit Cooperative (KKCC), Negros Oriental Union Cooperative (NEORUNCO), PAGBAG-O Inc., Perpetual Help Credit Cooperative, Inc. (PHCCI), St. Maria Goretti Foundation, Tanjay Community Cooperative, Inc., Young Men’s Christian Association of Negros Oriental (YMCA) and Federation of Dumaguete City Urban Poor (FED-UP).
The highlight events of the NGO and PO Week include the Timbayayong Award, a recognition for the best LGU-NGO/PO partnership for best development project.
Msgr. Merlin Logronio, President of NEGORNET disclosed that LGUs in the cities of Bayawan and Tanjay as well as the municipalities of Bindoy and Zamboanguita were the ones vying for the award.
Logronio said pre-judging for their project proposals will be on August 7 while the awarding of best LGU-NGO partnership is scheduled on August 8 at the Provincial Convention Center.
Aside from Timbayayong Awards, another important event is the CSO Provincial Consultation-Workshop on the One Island One Region topic.
“This is just an eye-opener for us on the issue, will the one Negros Island Region initiative alleviate poverty and increase the per capita income of the people of Negros Oriental,” Msgr. Logronio said.
Atty. Arturo V. Umbac, Chairman of YMCA-Negros Oriental and NEGORNET Vice President also thinks the public should really have a deep understanding of the issue.
The one island, one-region proposal would cut across the very tiresome bureaucratic process on the approval of project proposals on the regional level, Umbac said.
On the other hand, on August 5-6 NEGORNET will hold a Provincial Consultation & Forum in Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) open to all NGOs and POs.
The two NEGORNET officials invite the public to attend the events for the NGO and PO Week. Meanwhile, part of today’s kick-off ceremony was the induction of NEGORNET Board of Trustees.
Present during the induction were President Msgr. Merlin T. Logronio, Vice President Arturo V. Umbac, Secretary Nancy U. Estolloso, Auditor, Hipolito R. Quillan and Board Member Segfredo O. Buagas. (ral/PIA7-NegOr/Article first published on Aug. 2, 2014)