Sangguniang Bayan Distributes Certificate of Accreditation

By Rosan Frances Anselle G. Famatid

28-Strong recognized Civil Society Organization (CSO) answered the call for accreditation.

Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) dated May 22, 2019 and paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of Article 64, Rule XIII of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 provides guidelines for the accreditation of registered civil society organizations and the recognition of unregistered civil society organizations for the purpose of membership in the Municipal Development Council, Municipal School Board, Municipal Health Board and Municipal Peace and Order Council.

Pursuant to such issuances, the Sangguniang Bayan, through the Presiding Officer, issued a Notice of Call for Accreditation inviting civil society organizations to apply for their respective accreditation.

Last October 22, 2019, the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan distributed Certificates of Accreditation to twenty eight (28) Civil Society Organizations that answered the call for recognition.

Municipal Mayor Macario N. Napulan, MD., Vice Mayor Leonardo N. Naldoza, and members of the Sangguniang Bayan together with Mr. Mark Jonel Castillo, LGOO II and Mr. Larry Munion, Municipal Development Council Acting Secretary spearheaded the distribution of the Certificates.

According to Hon. Macario Napulan, M.D., Municipal Mayor, “Civil Society Organizations are the foundation of a strong administration playing a crucial role in development of the municipality”.

Hon. Leonardo Naldoza, Municipal Vice Mayor, manifested that “being accredited by the Sangguniang Bayan gives Civil Society Organizations legal identity and to be part of the Municipal Development Council”.

Hon. Gemma Rei Nismal, Sangguniang Bayan Chairperson on Cooperatives, congratulated the Civil Society Organizations who responded to the invitation to be accredited by this August Body. She added that “recognizing Civil Society Organizations means increasing local CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as independent development actors more effectively.”

The said certificate is valid until the end of term of the present set of elected officials on June 30, 2022.