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CPE Supports Quezon City Voters Information Campaign: Ibangon ang Dangal ng Halalan

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

CPE takes part in the education campaign on cleansing the voters’ list, registration and automated voting. The project is a partnership between the Quezon City Government, COMELEC, Department of Interior and Local Government and and Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER).  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the parties on August 8, 2009.

Basic sectors, especially the poor, have to be enlightened on the importance of voting, particularly this coming 2010 elections.  The upcoming election is an arena wherein the poor has to exercise its power in putting pro-people and reform oriented public officials, both at the national and local level that may open up and widens spaces for people  empowerment process and development both at the national and local level. Good governance will start in having a clean and honest election– a dream that Filipinos have been dreaming for since a long time ago.

By cleansing the voters list, there can be an initial step in having a clean election. People should also be encoraged and motivated to register before October 31, 2009.  The people should also be enlightened on how the voting process will be done through an automated system.  Using computers for the first time in voting and counting brings fear to most people. Fear can be lessened if people are aware of how it is going to be used.

The following is a concept paper prepared by Ms. Etta Rosales of IPER, that explains the concept of the project. By the way, this is the first time that a community-based education campaign is done , especially through partnership between COMELEC, LGU and Civil society organizations.  The schedule and venue of the education sessions are also included. Let us support the voters education campaign.

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BIGYAN NG DANGAL ANG HALALAN

MAGREHISTRO,  BUMOTO,  MAKIALAM!

QC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (IEC)

The Q.C. IEC Campaign is a Voter Education Campaign that is being undertaken through a Memorandum of Understanding by the following stakeholders:  COMELEC, Q.C. Government, DILG and IPER (Institute for Political and Electoral Reform).  The MOU was signed when the Voter Education Campaign was launched last 8 August 2009.

OBJECTIVE AND CAMPAIGN TARGETS

The objective of the campaign is to prepare the Q.C. electorate and government for the coming 2010 elections with the following targets:

  • Ø Give dignity and integrity to the entire electoral process.
  • Ø Empower the electorate (through their organizations and their schools) to participate actively in the electoral process from the time of cleansing of the voters’ list, to registering as a voter, to making independent and informed choices on Election Day.
  • Ø Empower the BARANGAYS through their Education Committees and their Secretaries to help cleanse the Voters’ List by submitting an updated profile of their residents and the qualified voters.
  • Ø Work out full cooperation and coordination of work by the instruments of the City Government: i.e.,

ð Barangay Operations Center (BOC)

ð Liga ng mga Barangay (Q.C. Chapter)

ð SK Federation (Q.C. Chapter)

ð City Civil Registry Office

ð City Health Department

ð Community Relations Office (CRO)

ð Division of City Schools

ð With members of civil society and the school communities.

  • Ø Thus, we undertake the CRV Approach (Cleanse, Register and Vote) in order to ensure that the true votes of the electorate are counted through a cleansed and credible registered voters’ list.
  • Ø We wage information and education through a sweeping campaign that covers all the 142 barangays within twenty four areas of the four districts of Quezon City.

CAMPAIGN  PERIOD AND APPROACH

  • Period: The Campaign period will last the entire month of September, from the first week – September 3 & 4 – to the last week – 24 & 25 September.
  • Sessions: There will be eight IEC Sessions all in all.  These eight sessions shall be divided into the four districts of Quezon City, with each district enjoying two IEC sessions.  Every Session in turn covers three areas.  Since each district shall have two IEC Sessions, these two sessions shall cover a total of six areas.  All six areas shall include the total number of barangays of the particular district.
  • Number of Participants: There will be 375 participants in each session with a total of 3,000 participants covered for the entire September Campaign.  The participants shall be divided into the following categories:
  • 100  = Barangay Captains, Education Committee Chairs and Barangay Secretaries. –  c/o BOC & Liga ng mga Barangay
  • 100 =  Civil society and community organizations – c/o CRO
  • 100 =  NGOs, IPER, First Time Voters/SKs – c/o IPER/CPE Netw.
  • 075 =  School Principals, Teachers and Students
  • Schedule of Activities:

District

Areas Covered

Date/Time

Venue

Expected No. of Participants

I

1, 2 & 3 Sept. 03, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Bagong Pag-asa Covered Court

Rd. 9 Bgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Q.C.

375

I

4, 5 & 6 Sept. 17, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sta. Teresita Covered Court,

Mayon cor. Dapitan Sts.,Bgy. Sta. Teresita, Q.C.

375

II

7, 8 &9 Sept. 04, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Holy Spirit Covered Court, Faustino St. (near Bgy. Hall), Bgy. Holy Spirit, Q.C. 375

II

10, 11 & 12 Sept. 18, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sta. Monica Covered Court, Moises St. (near Novaliches District Center, Bgy. Sta. Monica, Q.C. 375

III

13, 14 & 15 Sept. 10, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Quirino 2-B Covered Court Langka St. Bgy. Quirino 2-B, Q.C. 375

III

16, 17 & 18 Sept. 24, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

BAgumbuhay  Covered Court

Malvar St., Bgy. Bagumbuhay , Q.C.

375

IV

19, 20 & 21 Sept. 11, 2009

8:00am-4:00pm

Bernardo Park Covered Court,

Barangay  Pinagkaisahan, Q.C.

375

IV

22, 23 & 24 Sept. 25, 2009

8:00am-4:00 pm

Pinyahan Covered Court,

along Malakas St., Bgy. Pinyahan, Q.C.

375

Schedule of Activities Prepared by the BOC

Finalized and Approved by the Q.C. IEC Steering Committee

Aug. 27, 2009

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Participation, Accountability and Transparency (PAT) Ordinance of Quezon City Passed by City Council

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

The Quezon City Council passed on third and final reading on July 20, 2009, PO 2008-111 entitled AN ORDINANCE STRENGTHENING AND INSTITUTIONALIZING THE SYSTEM OF PARTNERSHIP IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE BETWEEN THE QUEZON CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF QUEZON CITY.

The ordinance was filed by Quezon City District 3 Councilor Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Jr., and was pushed by Task Force PAT, a network of more than 200 organizations in Quezon City. CPE acts as the convener of the task force.

The measure which is also called PAT Ordinance of Quezon City, aims to establish the People’s Council of Quezon City (PCQC) which will serve as the self regulating umbrella organization of all accredited Civil Society Organizations and business/private organizations in the City. The PCQC will have a mechanism in selecting CSO/Private sector participation in the city development council, other local special bodies, task forces, and legislative committees.  It aims to promote transparency in governance, accountability through effective allocation of resources and implementation of basic services through active people’s participation.

The ordinance is now awaiting the approval of  Mayor Sonny Belmonte, also a promoter of good governance who brought the city back to life, to make the ordinance operational.

The ordinance was also advocated by the Council of Sectoral Representatives (CSR), the 50 NGO-PO Representatives to the City Development Council. It was claimed by CSR as one of its major accomplishments by institutionalizing people’s participation in city governance. La Salle Institute of Governance, through Mr. Mon Padilla also took active participation in the task force.

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Press Release / Letters to the Editor

The Editor

Philippine Daily Inquirer

July 30, 2009

The piece by Dr. Brillantes entitled, “Local Governance: Reform Stalled by Politics”, succinctly discusses the many obstructions that hinder effective local governance.  Many local governments, for instance, are still adjusting and undoubtedly struggling with the costs of the various social service functions devolved to them by law.  The spectrum of national-level directives ordering the implementation of nationally designed programs and interventions, without accompanying financial support, only further strains the economic resources of local governments.  These issues, of course, may be remedied through the reform of relevant the statutes.  The current mode of dividing the Internal Revenue Allotment of local governments, for instance, may be made more just and equitable.  As Dr. Brillantes points out however, partisan politics have gotten in the way of reform measures such as this.

Despite the hurdles of present statutes and political partisanship, Dr. Brillantes also underscores the fact that several local administrations have still managed to excel through creative interventions.  Some local governments, for instance, have improved their fiscal situation through improved revenue generation.  Others have enhanced the relevance of their service delivery programs through extensive community consultations.

Just recently, the Quezon City Council passed an ordinance creating the People’s Council of Quezon City.  The principal author of the ordinance, Councilor Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Jr., inspired by the Naga City People’s Council, envisions the People’s Council of Quezon City as the primary mechanism through which the citizens of Quezon City may help ensure that local governance can progressively become more participatory, accountable and transparent.  The People’s Council of Quezon City, for instance, will facilitate the participation of NGOs, people’s organizations, church groups, and business associations in local policy formulation processes, thus enhancing the overall responsiveness of the city government.  The People’s Council can also serve as the means through which local citizens may hold their local representatives accountable.

That Quezon City has progressed and developed under the leadership of Mayor Feliciano “SB” Belmonte, Jr. is unquestionable.  Sound fiscal administration and strategic development planning has produced a vibrant, diverse, and progressive city.  The People’s Council of Quezon City, as passed by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Quezon City, may be seen as precisely the type of innovation necessary to overstep the present weaknesses of prevailing national statutes.  Equally concrete, the People’s Council of Quezon City, once approved by the mayor, may be what is necessary to safeguard what Quezon City has already gained through the Belmonte Administration.

Ed Chavez, Convenor

Task Force PAT of Quezon City

25-B Matiyaga St., Bgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City

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It’s time to promote ‘PAT’ in Quezon City now

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:50:00 08/11/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Governance, Legislation

With the people of this country craving for good governance both at the national and local levels, there is a proposed ordinance in Quezon City, which seeks to promote people’s participation, accountability and transparency (PAT) in local governance.

Inspired by the experience of the Naga City People’s Council, Councilor Bolet Banal filed in August last year an ordinance that would create the People’s Council of Quezon City. The ordinance will also allow other task forces, councils and special bodies, including legislative committees, to be represented in the council (wherein civil society and the private sector are already represented). Through the People’s Council, the people will have the opportunity to exercise their right to public information and to participate in the social and political decision-making processes.

The ordinance, once passed and approved, will be a true people’s ordinance because it has gone through a series of public consultations—conducted in the communities—during which inputs from various sectors were considered as part of the process of improving the ordinance.

The ordinance is now being readied for second reading, to which it was reverted for content-enhancement. Task Force PAT and the Council of Sectoral Representatives humbly ask our city councilors and Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to pass and approve the measure. We would like to ensure that the city’s ability to deliver services, which has improved under the current administration of Mayor Belmonte and Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista, will undergo more improvements, with the people participating in the identification of programs and allocation of the city budget. The measure, once approved, will also safeguard that whatever the Belmonte administration has built will be sustained. It will be another landmark ordinance and a legacy of the current set of city officials to the people of Quezon City.

Through the PAT ordinance, the people will become active partners in the governance of the city’s affairs, by promoting accountability and transparency. This will lead to a more effective delivery of basic services, the basic characteristics of good governance. If we can’t make it happen immediately at the national level, we can start at the local level. From Naga City to Quezon City, this ordinance will make possible the making of completely a Quality City.

—ED CHAVEZ,
convenor, Task Force PAT,
executive director, Center for Popular Empowerment (CPE),
vice chair-internal, Council of Sectoral Representatives to the
City Development Council,
25-B Matiyaga St. Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City

Bayanihan sa Kaunlaran: Participatory Development and Governance for Sustainable Barangays

July 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Overview of BDP-PLA in Quezon City 

Prepared by Edwin Chavez,

Executive Director, Center for Popular Empowerment (CPE)**

October 17, 2006

  Introduction 

 

Participatory governance has become not only a trend but an imperative for local governments to pursue development. In recent years, participation has become increasingly associated with decentralized governance. Governance is a relational concept, and has been described as the relationship between civil society and the state, between rulers and the ruled, the government and the governed (McCarthy, 1996). As more power and resources are transferred to local governments, decentralization has likewise opened up spaces for other actors—especially from civil society—to participate in governance.[1] However, two distinct perspectives have emerged regarding the role of civil society participation. The first view regards participation primarily in instrumental terms: Participation is a means for making development interventions and public policies more responsive and effective (Leftwich 1994; Robinson 1998). The goal is to enhance the administrative and technocratic capacities of government. Read more…