Local Networking

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Local Networking
by Ms. Concepcion "Chit" Asis
Regional Chairperson
People Power Volunteers for Reforms - CARAGA

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Politics and Civil Society:
The Role of the NGOs and Political Parties

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Local Networking

  1. 1. POLITICS & CIVIL SOCIETY: The role of the NGOs & Political Parties: Local Networking by : Concepcion “Chit” Asis Regional Chairperson People Power Volunteers for Reforms - CARAGA May 5, 2011 Pasig City 1
  2. 2. Democratic society CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZED MARKET / FREE & FAIR 2
  3. 3. Democracy is Representative and Participatory Elected Officials President Vice –Pres. Senators / Congressman Governors /Board Mayors / Councilors Brgy.Captain/councilors 3
  4. 4. Market = Free but fair in trade & services Nat’l resources 4
  5. 5. Civil Society Leaders / Association 5
  6. 6. Civil Society = space for participation 6
  7. 7. GOVERNANCE : is for & by all <ul><li>“ the exercise of economics, political & administrative authority to manage country affairs at all levels.” </li></ul><ul><li>comprises mechanisms, processes and institution through which citizens and groups articulate their interest, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences. </li></ul>7 GOOD GOVERNANCE <ul><li>participatory, transparent and accountable; effective and equitable </li></ul><ul><li>promotes the rules of law </li></ul><ul><li>ensures that political, social and economic priorities are based on good consensus in society </li></ul><ul><li>voices of the poorest and the most vulnerable are heard in decision –making, over the allocation of development resources. </li></ul>Governance 3 legs : Economic, Political and Administrative
  8. 8. People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR-CARAGA) : a civil society movement <ul><li>“ a network of autonomous association that is “rights” bearing, and responsibility –laden citizens that are voluntarily created to address common problems, advance shared interest, and promote collective aspiration (civicus, civil society at the millennium, 1999) </li></ul>8 Civil Society <ul><li>informed citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Unity/ common cause & thought </li></ul><ul><li>voluntary association </li></ul>Citizens (are the building blocks of CSO ) <ul><li>glued by values = change / reforms </li></ul><ul><li>clear geographic scope </li></ul><ul><li>critical mass of associational density </li></ul>
  9. 9. CIVIL SOCIETY REFORM CONSTITUENCY [Rocamora, J- “Looking backwards, Moving forward Workshop,” Soliman 2009] <ul><li>Reform constituencies arise from NGOs/POs with long history of activism and engagements in a wide-range of national and local issues. Ex: H.R. anti-corruption, economic reforms, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Middle class has become central to CSO specially professionals and technocrats in government and corporations; they provide policy directions, strategies and leadership </li></ul>
  10. 10. CIVIL SOCIETY REFORM CONSTITUENCY [Rocamora, J- “Looking backwards, Moving forward Workshop,” Soliman 2009] <ul><li>Civil society “technocrat-activist” help craft “people’s agenda” currently known as PNoy’s “social contract” </li></ul><ul><li>Civil society’s challenge is to introduce/promote reforms into a “political party discourse that historically has been devoid of reforms. Crossing-over and getting it done </li></ul>
  11. 11. CIVIL SOCIETY and Pnoy’s campaign [Villacorta, W., “Pnoy Triumph of a Peoples Campaign] <ul><li>Spontaneous show of love and sympathy for President Cory – “debt of gratitude of a grateful people” – continuity of the work of Ninoy and Cory </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence of events: anti-GMA and Villar, more of the same, & PNoy for Change; revival of the EDSA 1 & 2 spirit; broad-based support </li></ul>
  12. 12. CIVIL SOCIETY and Pnoy’s campaign [Villacorta, W., “Pnoy Triumph of a Peoples Campaign] <ul><li>non-conventional campaign to: “encourage, facilitate & coordinate diverse & largely autonomous campaign initiatives of volunteer groups all over the country; to provide a link to PNoy’scampaign; synergize the activities of various volunteer groups. </li></ul>People Power Center Success And Failures: What Now <ul><li>Election results – the PNoy-Binay; the MAR campaign & “Reformar”; the LP </li></ul><ul><li>Pockets of success – many CSOs were organized- CARAGA & Zamboanga City; Cebu & Panay Island – Iloilo City. </li></ul><ul><li>Rekindled citizens’ hope for change and high level of anticipation </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to deliver on the “ Social Contract” </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the PPVR </li></ul>
  13. 13. CIVIL society : comparison with political parties/ political Org. 9 Chit Asis, PPVR GARAGA, 2011 CIVIL SOCIETY POLITICAL PARTIES <ul><li>Accountability </li></ul>Participation of citizens Representation of citizens 2. Source of power Trust / Purity of purpose capability/social capital Election / mandate / political capital <ul><li>Accountability </li></ul>To stakeholders To constituents <ul><li>Organization </li></ul>Autonomous & Flexible Structures laws/ Rules 5. Decision making Consensus / principled leaders <ul><li>Advantage </li></ul>“ Hand on” Real- world Top Level <ul><li>Communication </li></ul>Open/ direct exchange Channel / filters <ul><li>Political action & reform </li></ul>Support/advocacy/lobby Direct executive/ parliamentary
  14. 14. FRAMEWORK for NGO’s/PO’s/CSO local networking with Political Parties Local Political Parties and politicians Tensions diverse opposing Interests & conflicts NGO’s/PO’s CSO Personal interests & class & business Platforms/reforms for elections <ul><li>Engagement: </li></ul><ul><li>Credible leaders </li></ul><ul><li>trust confidence building </li></ul><ul><li>Focus to common issues </li></ul><ul><li>As time for change </li></ul>Alliance/Unity -mutual respect -organizational independence -flexibility -inclusiveness Open/transparency/fair dealings Middle class Church/ business basic sectors Advocacies/causes/ agenda for reforms Compromise Negotiate Accommodate Compromise Negotiate Accommodate Chit Asis, PPVR GARAGA, 2011
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Villacorta, Wilfrido V., “Noynoy triumph of a People’s Campaign” Anvil, Manila, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Kasuya, Y. &Quimpo, N., “The Politics of Change in the Philippines, Anvil, Manila, 2010. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you

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