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DSWD-7 Urged NGOs to Get Accreditation


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas urged Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to register and acquire Certificate and License to Operate as a welfare agency to be a legitimate organization.

A total of 165 NGOs in the region are currently recognized by the Department, 114 are from Cebu, 26 are in Negros Oriental while the remaining 25 are from Bohol.

“Our region is the second highest in terms of the number of registered NGOs nationwide, second to the National Capital Region (NCR) and we are proud that all of them complied with all the necessary requirements to operate that we have given them,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

DSWD requires NGOs to secure Certificate of Registration from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and/or Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

Jabagat added that organizations which are already operating should submit annual accomplishment reports and audited financial reports for the last two years to determine capability to sustain operations.

“We have organized a monitoring system to further check the veracity and legitimacy of the applying NGO and that includes visiting in their office address and interacting with board of directors,” she emphasized.

“We have stringent processes because we don’t want to have bogus and fly by night NGOs,” she added.

After recognizing the organization through registration and licensing, DSWD conducts accreditation of the programs and services of the NGO six months after the issuance of its registration certificates and licenses to operate.

“We need to ensure that the programs and services that they are providing are following the DSWD standards and the delivery of their social protection services to their beneficiaries are sustainable,” Jabagat added.

DSWD-7 conducts a quarterly meeting with the NGOs through the Area-Based Standard Network (ABS-Net), an organization of DSWD registered and licensed NGOs.  This meeting serves a venue to share new guidelines, discuss updates on various programs and services, share good practices and resolve issues and concerns.

Technical assistance is also being provided to the members, both by DSWD and the officers of ABS-Net who are NGO representatives themselves.

Director Jabagat underscored the importance of partnerships between DSWD and NGOs. She furthered said, “DSWD is not alone in fighting poverty in our country because we have reliable partners like NGOs and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), so it is but important in building stronger partnership with them especially in the implementation of our core poverty alleviation programs.” (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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DSWD-7 Orients LGUs and NGOs on Public Solicitation


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas recently conducted an orientation on Public Solicitation to 43 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and 4 Cities namely Cebu, Dumaguete, Canlaon and Talisay.

The one-day event aimed at identifying and discussing specific amendments to the guidelines of Administrative Order 14 Series of 2007 and recommended new provisions for the enhancement of public solicitation bill in the 16th Congress.

“LGUs and partner NGOs should be fully aware of the omnibus rules and regulations on public solicitation in order to ensure protection among beneficiaries as well as the general public from whom the donations are going to be solicited,” said Grace Subong, DSWD-7 Institutional Development Division Chief.

Subong added that the agency have been receiving complaints and feedbacks about individuals and organizations that are soliciting without permit from DSWD and without specifying the programs, projects or beneficiaries to where the proceeds of the solicitation will be spent.

Solicitation methods specifically for public welfare or charitable purposes such as house-to-house, vehicle-to-vehicle, public transport solicitation and other similar activities are prohibited however organizations need to seek permission from DSWD.

NGOs may only seek permit to solicit from DSWD if their solicitation activities covers two or more municipalities or provinces within the region. Likewise, they can seek permit from the Local Government Units (LGUs) if the fund raising or solicitation activities covers their town or city.

A permit processing fee of Php 500 for local solicitation is required while Php 1,000 for those national in scope. Without the permit issued by the DSWD, the act of soliciting is illegal and could be sanctioned of imprisonment or fine of sum of money. It may also grounds for revocation, suspension, non-renewal, and blacklisting of their registration and license to operation which ever case maybe applicable.

Subong further urged public to report to DSWD any individual or group that are conducting public solicitation and check on the validity of the permit. (PR- Kerwin Macopia)

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