Civil society organizations in Region 7, under the Central Visayas Network of non-government organizations, are represented in a regional summit and a general assembly yesterday and today at a resort in Valencia, Negros Oriental.
The CenVisNet members are provincial networks, like the NegOrNet for Negros Oriental, Bangon or Bohol Alliance of NGOs Network, and Kaabag sa Sugbu for Cebu. The themed of the summit and general assembly is “Empowering CSOs for Transparency, Resiliency and Peace”.
Also at the assembly are national figures in the NGO sector, like Andrea Maria Patricia Sarenas, chairperson of the CODE-NGO, or Coalition of Development NGO Networks.
CenVisNet chair Anthony Dignadice said in a press conference yesterday that they have about 60 member-organizations operating in Region 7.
The networks were expected to share their best practices in engaging local governance in the local, special planning bodies, life the local development council, he said.
The best practices include “CSO Cebu Experience on their engagement on the Local Special Bodies”, “RDC (Regional Development Council) Engagement of the CSOs in Bohol”; and the “Negros Oriental experience on their engagement on the Local Special Bodies”.
Sarenas spoke on “CSO Engagement for Transparency, Resiliency and Peace”.
Another highlight of the summit is the presentation of the regional disaster risk reduction engagement of the CenVisNet.
A ceremonial signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Office of Civil Defense Region 7 and CenVisNet highlighted the summit yesterday.
Negros Oriental OCD provincial chief Allen Cabaron.
Sarenas emphasized that the coalition, that is turning 25 next year, has taken the lead for CSOs in the Philippines. The three major configurations of its membership are NGOs, people's organizations and cooperatives, she added.
Sarenas, said there is a total membership of almost 2,000 in the country. CODE-NGO has a five-year strategic plan, to which provincial networks are requested to align their old strategic plans.
Dionisio Ledres Jr., OIC assistant regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority in Region 7, acknowledged the role of CSOs in development. CenVisNet will host the general assembly of CODE-NGOs in November, in agathering of representatives of its member-regional networks.*JFP
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