Stricter screening of NGOs pushed 'to prevent scams'

Posted at 08/28/14 5:20 PM

MANILA - Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III has filed a bill seeking to implement stricter accreditation and validation of non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) that access government funds.

“Owing to the serious allegations of massive misappropriation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was accomplished purportedly through certain NGOs, it is imperative that a law should be passed, that would immediately require all government agencies, releasing funds to NGOs and POs, to authenticate these entities,” he said.

His bill prescribes that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will serve as the accreditation body.

The validation will serve as a government audit, he explained.

“The passage of this bill will enhance transparency and accountability in the allocation and utilization of public funds by ensuring that only legitimate entities that have good reputations for integrity, established track records and proven contributions to the betterment of society, would be able to participate in government projects,” Guingona said.