The Negros Oriental Network of non-government organizations and people's organizations recognized its success stories during its 8th anniversary celebration recently.
NEGORNET president, Msgr. Merlin Logronio, specifically mentioned its "Timbayayong Awards," which was considered a landmark achievement when it was established eight years ago, a press release from the group said.
The annual awards continue to recognize the efforts of NGOs, POs and the local government units to build strong partnership working together for local development projects, Logronio said.
At a press conference for Negornet's 8th Annual NegOr NGO and PO Week recently, executive director Greg Fernandez Jr. also shared that the passage of a provincial ordinance declaring the first week of August of every year as "NGO/PO Week" is part of the network’s accomplishments.
This is to recognize the importance of private sector or civil society working together for effective local governance, Fernandez said.
With 27-member NGOs and POs, NEGORNET is involved in various collaborations with the provincial government in promoting good and effective governance and development, the press release said.
Negornet also serves as a mechanism in consolidating the NGOs and POs along local development and in facilitating meaningful participation in local governance.
Logronio, also the president of another NGO the St. Ma Goretti Development Education Foundation, Inc., said his organization is non-profit that works closely with the LGU of Ayungon, to provide trainings and consultancy services; scholarship program; children and youth formation; elimination of child labor, environment protection and rehabilitation; gender and development; and advocacy.
Logronio said they now closely monitor the reported cases on illegal recruitment and human trafficking with the barangay residents or recipient areas in Ayungon to prevent such acts, the press release said.
Goretti’s program strengthens families towards value-based holistic development which provides families not only series of value formation training but also livelihood programs.
Logronio said the recipient-youths have been engaged in livestock production and are now active working in organic farming to help augment family income, the press release added.*
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