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REPORT FROM THE BOARD, May 23, 2013
In the pursuit of their Visions and Mission directed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged, NGOs/Foundations use resources entrusted to them by donors, grant-making institutions and contributors. By allowing the NGOs/Foundations to contribute to the improvements in their lives, the end-beneficiaries, in a way, have also entrusted a part of them to these organizations that work with them. These are the main reasons why NGOs/Foundations are expected to constantly exercise “Responsible Stewardship”.
By demonstrating “Responsible Stewardship”, NGOs/Foundations will be able to maximize the use of resources entrusted to them and the corresponding improvements in the lives of their target beneficiaries. In effect, “Responsible Stewardship” is a demonstration of organizational legitimacy and efficiency and effectiveness, main features of a sustainable NGO/Foundation, much sought by donors and grant-making institutions.
Services to NGOs/Foundations
Evaluation of NGOs/Foundations conducted by PCNC is widely seen as assessment for compliance with BIR mandated standards. The fact is that the standards used by PCNC in assessing NGOs are actually characteristics of organizational legitimacy and efficiency and effectiveness or “good housekeeping”. In effect, PCNC evaluation helps NGOs identify their organizational strengths and weaknesses and actions that should be taken to mitigate the latter.
PCNC conducted a training course on organizational functioning for 137 small NGOs/Foundations in different parts of the Country. It was directed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness, not necessarily for PCNC certification. PCNC was also able to train about 110 NGOs in Administrative and Financial Management through another Project.
To help small NGOs who are in need of organizational mentoring, 52 PCNC Volunteer Peer Evaluators have agreed to expand their role in the NGO community as coaches. They joined the training courses conducted for small NGOs and guided the participants in the conduct of organizational self-assessment, identifying areas for improvements and preparation of action plans. After the training courses, they made themselves available to interested participants for consultation. Some of them have also started coaching other NGOs who approached them for assistance.
The “Handbook on Organizational Functioning for Small NGOs” was produced by PCNC to serve as reference materials to those interested in improving their operations. It was developed mainly based on the standards used and the experiences of PCNC in the evaluation of NGOs/Foundations.
Certification of NGOs/Foundations for Donee Institution Status
A total of 175 NGOs/Foundations applied for PCNC Certification. However, only 158 were able to complete the initial documentary requirements and were subsequently evaluated. The application of 149 organizations were approved by the PCNC Board for certification and endorsed to BIR. The remaining nine (9) are to comply with additional requirements asked by the Board. Of the 149 endorsed to BIR, 147 has been granted Donee, Institution Status.
The training of small NGOs, participation of organizational Mentors and the development and printing of the “Handbook on Organizational Functioning for Small NGOs” were made possible by the AECID of the Spanish Embassy that funded the “NGO Clinics on the Basics of Accountability and Governance” Project. It ended in November, 2012. We shall forever be grateful to AECID for the opportunity it gave to PCNC to reach out to small NGOs/Foundations who had no or very little access to organizational training and mentoring.
The involvement of PCNC in the USAID funded “Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations in the Philippines” Project implemented by a consortium led by Ayala Foundation with the Association of Foundations (AF), Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Inc. (CODE-NGO), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PCNC and the University of the Philippines’ Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.
PCNC also conducted an orientation session for the delegates from NGO Development Center of Palestine.
The Board conducted a total of 12 meetings that focused, not only in the deliberation on the evaluation results of applicants for PCNC certification, but as well as in the review of policies, monitoring of organizational program and financial performance and review of results of the enhancement of PCNC standards and indicators.
Mr. Mario A. Deriquito, Board Trustee and Secretary resigned effective January 12, 2013 from his positions to become an Under Secretary of the Department of Education. Fr. Antonio Cecilio T. Pascual, Trustee, assumed the position as Secretary to the Board. With less than six (6) months before the election of new Trustees, the Board decided not to fill in the vacancy left by Mr. Mario A. Deriquito as Trustee.