CSO ACCREDITATION. Undersecretary of DSWD Mae Fe A. Templa urged participants to share their problems as well as facilitating factors in complying with requirements for accreditation of civil society organizations (CSOs) during a special validation of DSWD livelihood associations in Panabo City on Thursday. Participants are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood programs from barangays New Pandan, San Vicente, Southern Davao, Quezon and Nanyo who are set to engage in community income-generating projects such as water refilling station, duck raising, food processing, among others.

Earlier, DSWD was mandated as the only government agency that will accredit CSOs to be eligible to receive public funds as implementing entities of government programs and projects (PAPS).

A Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and DSWD joint resolution (Res. 2014-001) entitled “Guidelines for Accreditation of Civil Society Organizations as Implementing Entities of Government or Public Funds”, aims to ensure that government programs are properly and efficiently carried out in partnerships with legitimate CSOs and that funds are properly guarded against misuse. (DSWD)