By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) here to assist non-government organizations (NGOs) committed to the preservation of the environment.
Carpio made the statement during a Watershed Management Summit attended by hundreds of stakeholders supporting the environment.
According to the mayor, the city had enough money to support non-government organizations.
Carpio said the city was even willing to fund the operation of Bantay Bukid personnel tasked with monitoring the watersheds around Davao City.
Chinkee Pelino-Golle, executive director of Interface Development Interventions, said the NGO was looking forward to the additional financial and technical assistance from the government.
The mayor said she will ask members of the Watershed Management Council to prepare a master list so that the city government can start providing financial assistance to around 200 personnel.
Carpio’s comment came after the Commission on Audit (COA) criticized the absence of liquidation of funds used in projects by NGOs which were sourced from the government through donations.
“They’re not used to doing that,” Carpio said.
This was why she ordered that the local government be involved in the capacity development for NGOs.