NGOs urged to help in peace process

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

PRI­VATE or­ga­ni­za­tions are be­ing urged to help with the peace process.

The Na­tional Eco­nomic and Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (NEDA) and the Re­gional Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (RDC) has part­nered with the Cen­ter for Devel­op­ment Pro­grams in the Cordillera (CDPC) to in­clude in­put of civil so­ci­ety groups [CSO] and non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGO).

NEDA di­rec­tor and RCD vice chair Mi­la­gros Ri­mando said the gath­er­ing of NGO’s and CSO’s will open the doors for a wider co­or­di­na­tion in the re­gion

for projects and ideas.

Ri­mando said there are prob­lems that NGO’s and CSO’s face in the re­gion es­pe­cially in the up­lands which deals with mil­i­ta­riza­tion and con­flicts.

NEDA and the RDC is aim­ing for the even­tual ac­cred­i­ta­tion of NGO’s and CSO’s to cer­tify the groups as le­git­i­mate govern­ment part­ners and avoid tag­ging groups as rebel sym­pa­thiz­ers.

Groups gath­ered for a fo­rum on "Cordillera Di­a­logue on Peace and Devel­op­ment" aim­ing to bring to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the na­tional govern­ment line agen­cies, lo­cal govern­ment units and CSO’s and come up with a mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion and in­ter­ac­tion towards a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing as well as gen­er­at­ing re­sponses to the con­cerns and needs of the com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion that are af­fected by con­flict.

Ob­jec­tives of the fo­rum is to un­der­stand the per­spec­tives of the com­mu­ni­ties that are con­flict- af­fected or con­flict- vul­ner­a­ble; ar­tic­u­late cur­rent ef­forts and pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to ad­dress the con­cerns and needs of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties; clar­ify and agree on how to en­hance the CSOs’ role in pro­mot­ing peace and devel­op­ment through ac­cred­i­ta­tion and other ap­proaches and to agree on next ac­tions to im­prove agency/ LGU/ CSO pro­ce­dures and pro­grams to avoid re­cur­rence of is­sues and im­prove peace in the re­gion.

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