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Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has filed a measure institutionalizing people’s participation in government, which was filed by Vice President Leni Robredo when she was Camarines Sur Representative in the 16th Congress.

Senate Bill 692 seeks to strengthen local government units by institutionalizing the participation of people’s organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector.

The bill urges the people to organize themselves and register as a civil society organization (CSO) in a city or municipality so they can enjoy the following benefits:

– enter into joint ventures or other forms of undertaking with the Local Sanggunian to engage in the delivery of basic services, capacity-building, and livelihood projects;

– develop local enterprises designed to improve productivity and income, diversity agriculture, spur rural industrialization, promote ecological balance and enhance the economic and social well-being of the people;

– receive assistance from the Local Sanggunian for economic, socially-oriented, environmental, good governance or cultural projects to be implemented within territorial jurisdiction; and

– join and become part of the Local People’s Council.

The Local People’s Council, to be composed of accredited CSOs, will be recognized by the Local Sanggunian and will have participation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of government activities and functions.

It will be a recognized member of existing committees, boards, councils, task forces, special bodies of all local government units.

The Department of Interior and Local Government’s annual budget will include funds for the capacity-building of CSOs.

Pangilinan said the bill “aims to realize people power in the everyday job of governance.”

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