Our partner organisation, the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) asked the question “What is the Future of Philippine Democracy and the Prospects for the CSO Sector?” to members and guests during the 6th SocDev Summit this November.
The Summit in Manila provided a venue for CODE-NGO members and other CSOs to discuss critical issues on democracy that may affect the sector in the next years. CODE-NGO members who are part of the project supported by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines were present at the event.
On November 24, the discussion in the morning focused on the Open Government Partnership. The breakout learning sessions in the afternoon discussed, among others: Charter Change and Federalism, Updates on Marawi, Attracting mission-driven millennials to non-profit sector through technology, the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and Coordination is Aid within the context of disaster risk reduction.
Dick Balderama of PHILSAA presented how the coordination hubs operate during disasters at the Coordination is Aid session. These hubs exemplify how CODE-NGO promote localisation through their coordination work when there is a disaster.
Aksyon sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima or Action (AKKMA) representative Ping Fampulme shared
“People in the community are actually the first responders… Don’t treat us as just beneficiaries. Treat us as partners.”
Yet without democracy, it will be difficult for CSOs to do their roles.
“You must make sure that democratic institutions are here to allow you to continue participating in the heroic task of nation building,” called Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno in her keynote speech.
Interested participants also signed up for the Academy online learning platform Kaya at the forum.