PHILSSA 26th General Assembly
PHILSSA held its 26th General Assembly last June 16-17, 2016 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.42 out of its 62 member NGOs nationwide participated in this annual gathering of the network.
The first day of the General Assembly started with a Forum on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships where PHILSSA members shared about their learning and experiences in their partnership building with the government, people’s organizations and private sector. Mr. Dodo Macasaet, Executive Director of CODE-NGO graced the event as the keynote speaker. He talked about the elements of strong CSOs networks, the partnership building lessons of PBSP, Synergo and CODE-NGO and initial thoughts on the Duterte Administration. This was followed by the sharing of experiences of select PHILSSA members.
The Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP) presented their organization and Ernestville Homeowners Association’s partnership building experience with the Social Housing and Finance Corporation (SHFC), the LGU and other CSOs in providing safe and secure settlements through the High Density Housing Project. The Alliance of People’s Organizations Along Manggahan Floodway (APOAMF), a community partner of the Community Organizer’s Multiversity (COM) talked about their experience in community organizing and engagement with government agencies such as the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for their Low Rise Building Project. The HEALTHDEV Institute shared about their engagement with Ugnayan ng mga Samahang Mamamayan at Mangingisda ng Rizal (UGMMARIZ) on the Social Accountability and Participatory Monitoring of BuB Projects in selected GPH-UNICEF LGUs and the Check my School Project of ANSA-EAP in Rizal. Lastly, the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation (JVOFI) talked about their experience in working with business through their CSRs.
A Forum on Climate Justice was also conducted on the first day of the GA, where environment and climate change advocates served as resource speakers. Atty. Tony La Viña, the spokesperson of the Philippine delegation in the recent Conference of Parties 21 Paris, France presented about the UNFCCC COP 21 and its implications to the Philippines while Mr. Ruel Cabile of Aksyon Klima discussed the roles of CSOs in Climate Justice. Panel of reactors were Ms. Ayeen Karunungan of Climate Tracker and Mr. Ping Fampulme of AKKMA.
The second day of the GA was allotted for the business meeting to discuss network concerns and resolutions. PHILSSA Chairperson Sarah Redoblado presented the accomplishments of the networks in terms of NGO good governance, financial sustainability, model building for multi-stakeholder partnership and advocacies for inclusive and transformative urbanization. Mr. Rodrigo Olarte Jr., treasurer, presented the 2015 financial report of the network. Discussions on the strategic plan for 2016-2020, membership policies and GA resolutions and awarding to outstanding PHILSSA members were also done.
The GA concluded with an election of the new PHILSSA Board of Trustees and selection of regional cluster representatives for the year 2016. The new elected members of the Board were Feed the Children Philippines, Iligan Medical Center College and Center for Social Concern and Action-De La Salle University. The regional cluster representatives were JJCICSI for NCR, KAFCODE for Luzon, FORGE for Visayas and KPS-Seed for Mindanao.