Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Training on Community Participation in Procurement
“Improving the Quality and Responsiveness of Public Spending in Poor Communities through Localized Procurement Reform”
One hundred eighteen (118) participants which composed of Barangay Officials, CSOs, NGOs, and local constituents from Amulung, Cagayan had attended a seminar-workshop entitled “Training on Community Participation in Procurement” with the theme “Improving the Quality and Responsiveness of Public Spending in Poor Communities through Localized Procurement Reform” at St. Paul University Philippines, Tuguegarao City last August 28-30, 2013. This engagement was implemented by St. Paul University Philippines – Knowledge for Development Center (SPUP-KDC) in partnership with Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN)and Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) supported by the Japan Social Development Program through the World Bank (WB). The training joined by the live-in participants aimed to a) promote the adoption of transparent and participatory procurement mechanisms for the delivery of poverty reduction programs in at least disadvantaged municipalities in the Philippines b) institutionalize public procurements processes in poor communities c) localize procurement reform at the municipal level and d) appreciate local project management.
SPUP President, Sister Remy Angela Junio, SPC, as she welcomed the guests and participants, emphasized the value of cooperation and partnership to engage in social accountability advocacy. She is hopeful that after this engagement, each participant shall have been capacitated to practice and promote the expected objectives of the training.
Mr. Vincent Lazatin, the TAN Executive Director, elucidated the project rationale to further intensify the participants’ perception in localize procurement. He also pointed out that this endeavor is well-timed with the current issues on the pork barrel of the legislators. Localize community-driven projects can be an alternative scheme in maximizing the implementation of the frozen funds intended for the PDAF of the law makers.
The Municipal Budget Officer, Ms. Judith Dela Cruz, introduced the participants coming from the 10 different barangays of Amulung, Cagayan. To set the tone of the three-day fruitful training, Dr. Rosalinda Tanguilan, the Local Project Coordinator of the said activity upsurge the level of expectations of the participants.
Dr. Jesus Pizarro, the first resource speaker, discussed the principles of Social Accountability (SAc). The importance and value of SAc within the context of good governance, tools and approaches, commitment to SAc, action plans to address current problems, and building partnerships were highlighted by Dr. Pizarro.
Meanwhile, a Department of Budget Management representative, Mr. Rey Villon, discussed the general provisions and revisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA). The Republic Act No. 9184 is an act providing for the modernization, standardization and regulation of the procurement activities of the government and for other purposes.
The second day started with a creative recapitulation initiated by the participants. Ms. Jo-Anne Galiza and Mr. Alejo Cambri Jr. shared the topics on Community Participation on Procurement Manual (CPPM). The legal references, key aspects and guiding principles to community participation were expounded by the two resources speakers.
To provide the participants with understanding on the roles of the different committees such as PPMC, PPC, MIC and CRFC, Mrs. Judith Dela Cruz stressed the steps to be undertaken by the barangay in preparation for the community procurement and the basic requirements needed for the community to participate as a contractor or service provider.
Planning workshop for Barangay 53.12 Procurement highlighted the third day of the training. Each barangay were tasked to portray the actual processes of community participation in procurement based from the actual development priorities of their respective locality. Mr. Byron Abadeza, TAN Project Coordinator and Mr. Dodjie Aumentado, WB Senior Procurement Specialist responded to the queries of the participants right after the presentation.
A parallel session for Resource Mobilization and CSO Observer’s Guide to Public Procurement were conducted by Mr. Allen Cambri and Mrs. Dela Cruz respectively. The former was attended by the Barangay Officials to increase their awareness in possible ways they can mobilize resources for procurement activities while the latter was attended by the CSOs and NGOs to internalize their responsibilities, rights and accountabilities in 53.12.
The participants shared their reactions, comments and suggestions on 53.12. They are hopeful that this training will strengthen their community participation in procurement leading to proper implementation of upcoming development projects. The training ended with the distribution of certificates to the resource speakers and participants.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines (NAUCP), Inc., in partnership with St. Paul University Philippines-Paulinian Volunteers for Community Development (SPUP-PVCD), St. Paul University Philippines – Knowledge for Development Center (SPUP-KDC) and Go Ahon Pilipinas, Inc. spearheaded the 1st Regional Innovation Conference on Education (RICE2013) at Mere Madeleine Hall, St. Paul University Philippines. With the theme “My World, My Philippines, My Province: Moving Towards the Post 2015 Regional Education Agenda”, more than one hundred student leaders and faculty of HEIs, teachers from the basic education sectors, academe, and LGU youth employment practitioners fostered new partnerships to develop innovative solutions with the goal of solving education gaps in policy and practice, specifically on education MDGs and EFA goals beyond 2015. This fruitful endeavor aimed to:
- Deepen awareness concerning the progress of the education Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All Goals (EFA) to 2015 and beyond in the regions.
- Develop a clear understanding of UNESCO’s mission and vision in the light of Education for All (EFA) trusts on educational innovation in the region.
- Promote volunteerism as tool in bringing the gaps of educational reforms in theory and practice through existing partner institutions like Go Ahon Pilipinas and EDSA People Power Commission.
- Increase the membership of NAUCP in the region by orienting the participants about UNESCO, UNESCO Clubs accreditation procedures and the benefits of becoming an accredited UNESCO Club.
The SPUP President, Sister Remy Angelia Junio, spc, and the City Administrator of Tuguegarao, Mr. Mike Lim welcomed the participants from the region. After which, Mr. Gerry Bricenio, NAUCP President elaborated the contributions UNESCO and Go Ahon Pilipinas Inc. to the progress of Education-MDGs. Meanwhile, the President of PVCD-SPUP and Convenor of RICE-Cagayan Valley, Mr. Nelson Gacutan delivered his message to close the first part of the program.
The plenary sessions started with the assessment of the regional MDG and EFA goals towards 2015 delivered by Dr. Evelyn Pascua, CESO IV, CHED Regional Director; Dir. Charito B. Santos, TESDA Provincial Director; and Atty. Elpidio Atal Jr., MNSA, DOLE Assistant Regional Director. The three speakers emphasized the specific goals and objectives of their respective agencies in the next five years to address the realization of the Education-MDGs.
To revitalize educational innovations through volunteerism, Ms. Ma. Celeste Castro, Board Member of NAUCP Inc., initiated the second plenary session. Moreover, Usec. Leon Flores, Chairman and CEO, National Youth Commission elucidated the post-2015 EFA and Education-MDG while Mr. Virgilio Dolina Jr., Secretary General of NAUCP Inc., expounded the role of UNESCO Clubs.
The PVCD-UNESCO Club members Mr. John Vincent Pagaddu and Mr. Robert Fugaban ended the series of fruitful sessions with the sharing of their experiences on advocacy and development as previous leaders.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
St. Paul University Philippines – Knowledge for Development Center (SPUP-KDC) extended its services and resources to Saint Tonis College (STC) of Tabuk, Kalinga. The Chief Librarian Mrs. Divine Lovelle Balnao and her staff visited SPUP-KDC to select materials for their KDC Nook. To bind its partnership, Dr. Rosalinda Tanguilan, the KDC Coordinator penned a Memorandum Of Understanding between the two institutions and it was signed by the SPUP President Sister Remy Angela Junio, spc and the STC President Presentacion Bartolo.
The primary objective of the said collaboration is to promote the KDC resources and services to the remote areas of the community. Furthermore, Mr. Ronaldo Sumait, the SPUP-KDC Librarian/Knowledge Facilitator, oriented the representatives of STC on the use of World Bank’s online resources.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pastor Loreto Pacay Jr. of the Green Meadow Development Foundation Inc. (GMDFI) and Mr. Ronaldo Sumait, SPUP-KDC Librarian joined the eleven KDCs in the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) videoconference last February 28, 2013.
The GPSA is a coalition of donors, governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that aims to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation. The GPSA will contribute to country-level governance reforms and improved service delivery. To achieve this objective, the GPSA provides strategic and sustained support to CSOs’ social accountability initiatives aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability.
The objective of the videoconference is to further orient the CSOs to its First Global Call for Proposals. In The Philippines, the GPSA seeks proposals on Social Accountability from Civil Society Organizations that will a) Monitor whether beneficiaries are receiving cash transfers on time and receiving the correct amount with particular attention devoted to documenting any irregularities (e.g., whether cash cards are in the possession of beneficiaries, whether beneficiaries have to pay kickbacks to local officials/influential people, etc.); b) Help identify supply side bottlenecks in access and quality of schools (e.g., teacher absenteeism) and health centers (e.g., availability of trained birth attendants, medicines, etc.), while working in partnerships with communities, local government, and service providers; and c) Strengthen institutional capacity of CSOs working on Social Accountability.
The indicative funding range of the project is US$500,000-US$1,000,000. Grants can support up to 100% of the project’s total cost with an estimated duration of 3 to 5 years.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Local Monitoring Team (LMT) composed by the Academe – St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP), CSO – Green Meadow Development Foundation, Inc. (GMDFI) and the Local Government Unit of Solana disseminated to the consumers and traders the result of the project entitled "Monitoring the Utilization of the Newly-Constructed Solana Public Market" last February 27, 2013 in Solana, Cagayan. This project with the theme "Institutionalizing Civil Society Monitoring Public Service Delivery to the Poor" was initiated by La Salle Institute of Governance and funded by the World Bank.
Mr. Alejo Cambri Jr., a faculty of SPUP and Mr. Ronaldo Sumait, the Librarian/Knowledge Facilitator of SPUP-KDC presented the affirmative results of the said project. The Municipal Mayor of Solana, Hon. Meynard Carag, emphasized that the improvement of such public services is one of the importance of conducting joint monitoring. “We will never know what are we going to enhance if we do not allow this project team to evaluate our public service delivery”, Mayor Carag expressed as he delivered his closing remarks.
L-R: Municipal Engr. Dante Soriano, Ronaldo Sumait (SPUP), Pastor Loreto Pacay Jr., (GMDFI), Hon. Mayor Carag, Alejo Cambri Jr., (SPUP), Nheme (LGU) &; Paulette Aquino (LGU)