Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) gathered representatives of several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the Visayas for an orientation on CSO Accreditation.
“One of the biggest challenges we face insofar as the implementation and delivery of our livelihood program is concerned is the lack of CSOs who will serve as program partners accredited not only by the DOLE but also by the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga in his welcome message.
According to him, there is a need to harmonize things and all processes involved especially in the accreditation of CSOs. “We want the CSOs to understand what it takes to be an accredited CSO, the procedure involved, and the relevance of the presence of accredited CSOs as implementing entities of public funds,” he added.
For 2016, he said further, the DOLE-7 was given more than 100 Million in livelihood funds. “It is very tasking to implement the programs and projects and accompanying requirements therein if there are no accredited co-partners acting as implementing or co-implementing entities of government funds,” he added.
Under the DOLE’s rules and guidelines of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency and Employment Program (DILEEP), an accredited co-partner (ACP) refers to the program partner, which maybe a workers’ organization, union, association, federation, cooperative, people’s organization, business association, church-based organization, organization of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OFW Family Circle, educational institution, private foundation, or a local government unit that has been accredited by the DOLE.
However, Sarcauga noted, the accreditation particularly that of CSOs, is now taken and elevated to the DSWD under the Joint Resolution of the Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and DSWD.
Covered are the CSOs implementing projects and programs using public funds as well as the CSO Beneficiaries.
“Because of these guidelines, it takes longer than usual for a CSO to be accredited. The lack of accredited CSOs to act as program partners pushed the DOLE to act on applications and project proposals by administration, if only to meet the targets insofar as the implementation of the livelihood program is concerned,” he said.
Under the by-administration scheme, Sarcauga explained, the DOLE takes charge in the procurement and canvassing of all raw materials, equipment, tools, and jigs needed for the projects. The Special Disbursing Officer (SDO) of the field offices should also be able to fully liquidate the cash advances made within sixty (60) days from receipt of funds.
“With limited manpower complement, you can just imagine the toil which we have to take without the presence of accredited CSOs in implementing our livelihood program. This orientation would be a great help so that everyone would be enlightened of their significant contributions to the effective and efficient delivery of the Department’s Livelihood Program the moment they get accredited,” explained the DOLE-7 Head before the participants.
Accredited CSOs, as program partners, will take charge of the tasks and responsibilities normally handled by the DOLE under the by-administration scheme.
During the orientation, held on 20 December at St. Mark’s Hotel, Mr. Jerloy D. Suello of DSWD presented the accreditation guidelines of CSOs.
“We hope that in 2017, there will be more CSOs registered by the DOLE and duly accredited by the DSWD. In that manner, we will be able to reach more beneficiaries and there will be more to assist the Department not only in the program implementation but also in the monitoring of beneficiaries,” he said.
The activity gathered more than seventy-five (75) representatives of CSOs from all over the Visayas.
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