City willing to help partner NGOs on liquidation: Sara

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) to assist non-government organizations in finalizing their financial audit report to the city.

Mayor Carpio made the statement during a Watershed Management Summit attended by hundreds of stakeholders supporting the environment.

According to the mayor, the city has enough money to support non-government organizations. In fact, the local government is willing to fund the operation of Bantay Bukid personnel monitoring the watersheds around Davao City.

The funding could even support projects by non-government organizations with pro-environment projects.

Chinkee Pelino-Golle, executive director of Interface Development Interventions, said their non-government organization was looking forward to the additional financial and technical assistance from the government.

The Mayor said that she would ask the members of the Watershed Management Council to prepare a master list so the city government can start providing financial assistance to around 200 personnel.

Mayor Carpio’s comment comes amid a report by the Commission on Audit that criticized an absence of liquidation of the funds used in projects by non-government organizations sourced from the government through donations.

But she hinted that there’s no anomaly involved, but it’s a matter of capacity building particularly on handling finances. “They’re not used to doing that,” Carpio said.

This was why she ordered that the local government be involved in the capacity development for the non-government organizations.

Datus from indigenous groups sought for the assistance of the local government to encourage the said monitoring groups the keep up at the tasks.

Carpio was originally going to be represented by city administrator Zuleika Lopez at the event at the Ritz Hotel in Obrero.

But Carpio appeared at the summit at the last minute.

The protection of watersheds is among the thrusts of the administration of Mayor Carpio’s environmental protection policy. June is Philippine Environment Month.

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