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)