RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team conducted CSO Participation to Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening/CSO Accreditation Training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Tampakan and Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on May 9-10, 2018 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal. It was joined by 33 organizations with 46 participants (Male 25, Female 21) including the three (3) team members.
On the first day of the training, RDIP Coordinator and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. patoc welcomed the CSO participants and one budget officer from Tampakan in behalf of the Mahintana and the project Manager Roel Ian P. Blanker. She introduced the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Team who will facilitate the training and gave the participants to introduce themselves, their organizations represented and their expectations. After the round of introduction, Project Officer Mr. Byron E. Delandrino presented the RESOURCEGov Phase 2, the agenda of the training and the forms to be filled out by the CSO participants. He explained that the checklist of LGU compliance is only to gauge the knowledge of the CSOs regarding their roles to the local budget process. In the afternoon, LGOO IV Mr. Muhammad G. Nanding, Jr., the resource speaker for DILG, discussed the process of CSO accreditation. The participants were given the opportunity to air out their concerns which were answered by the DILG representative.
The next day, May 10, 2017, the session was opened by recapping the lessons learned the day before through a cabbage roll game. Department of Budget Management (DBM) Regional Director Mr. Akmad Usman and Atty. Libertine Cagang presented the CSO Participation to Local Budget Process, Budget Accountability and the Procurement Process. An open forum was conducted where the CSOs were able to ask questions to DBM speakers. In the afternoon, Mr. Delandrino presented the results of the checklist through ODK. Most of the answers were “not aware” since most of the CSOs were newly accredited. They were given 20 minutes to convene per LGU for the next steps of the CSO federations. A representative for each LGU presented their agreements and suggested activities such as capacity development trainings to be conducted by the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Team such as leadership, financial management, proposal writing and minutes of the meeting writing trainings. These suggestions were noted by the team subject for approval of the management of the project. Also, there were CSO representatives who gave their message of thanks. They said that they are very much grateful to the opportunity to be chosen for the training and are looking forward for the success of the project implementation. Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants.