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DILG warns CSOs collecting money for federalism campaign

June 08, 2019 - Saturday 11:06 AM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has threatened to revoke any signed Memorandum of Agreement with any accredited Civil Society Organization (CSO) that will be caught collecting membership fees from stakeholders for the federalism information and advocacy campaign.

In a memorandum issued by DILG, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the department is prohibiting its partner CSOs from collecting membership or any other kind of fees for the federalism campaign.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2018-79, the MOA may be revoked by the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform-Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO), DILG Regional Office, DILG Provincial Office, or CSO due to, but not limited to, collecting fees from LGU participants for the conduct of information campaign activities.

“As a policy of the Department, this is strictly to reiterate the prohibition against the collection of any fees from participants and stakeholders for the conduct of Federalism Information and Advocacy Campaign activities,” the memo reads.

All DILG Regional and Provincial Offices were directed to take appropriate actions against those who allegedly collect money using the federalism advocacy of the current administration.

“In this regard, the DILG Regional and Provincial Offices are hereby directed to take appropriate actions against any CSO, particularly those accredited by the Department of Federalism Advocacy Partners, violating the foregoing,” the memo further reads.

The DILG had been receiving reports of persons collecting money from people who want to join the federalism information and advocacy campaign.

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