The Philippines - NGO Sector and Regulation Review Report is published
NGO Sector and Regulation Review: Philippine Report
In partnership with CODE NGO the Charity Commission’s International Programme carried out a technical assistance project to assess the situation for the non government sector in the Philippines between October 2007 and March 2008.
A Local Advisory Committee (LAC) was set up to oversee the assessment process. It consisted of five representatives from government and four representatives from the NGO (non government organisation) community – this cross representation was a vital factor in the success of the project. The findings of this assessment have been documented in a recently published report - Caucus of Development NGO Networks (2008). NGO Sector Assessment: Philippine Report.
This report documents the achievements of the LAC in meeting several objectives: first, to pilot test and assess the NGO Sector and Regulation Review Tool developed by the Charity Commission of England and Wales; second, to gather desk-based data on the Philippine’s nonprofit sector; third, to review the existing framework for nonprofit sector regulation in the Philippines; and fourth, to attempt to identify key risks to the sector.
In terms of the first objective, with funding from the International Monetary Fund and the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Project was able to pilot test the NGO Sector and Regulation Review Tool. Details of the history and methodology of the Tool are discussed in detail in the report.
One of the advantages of the Tool is that it deals with many of the recommendations and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Special Recommendation VIII (SR VIII) on Terrorist Financing, which requires member countries to review and improve their existing systems of NPO regulation.