Civil society organizations (CSOs) have always been vital partners of the LGUs in the implementation of sectoral development initiatives specifically in economic growth and recovery, social service support, environment conservation and rehabilitation as well as in various post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
It is noteworthy to state that the initial number of CSOs accredited under the Bohol Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) this CY 2022 has increased from 33 to 57 organizations, 58% from that of CY 2019. This signifies the renewed trust and confidence of various people’s organizations, cooperatives, and associations to the new administration of Governor Aris Aumentado. The number, however, is expected to further increase since other applicants for accreditation are still in the process of completing the documentary prerequisites for the SP accreditation.
On September 16, 2022, during the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Collaboration Program held at Panda Tea Garden Suites in Dao, District, Tagbilaran City, newly accredited CSOs gathered to attend the Orientation on the Local Special Bodies (LSBs) and Selection of CSO Representatives to the Local Special Bodies are required under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2022-083.
Resource speakers are LGOO VII Ma. Reina Quilas, LGOO V Rachel Torremocha and LGOO II Richy Pamatoy from DILG-Bohol. The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) Executive Assistant John Maraguinot facilitated the event while the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) Development Administration (DevAd) Sector served as Activity Secretariat.
The Election for People’s Council ensued and Mr. Francis Bernard Batoy, Executive Director of Bohol Integrated Development Foundation (BIDEF), Inc., was elected as new People’s Council President.