Get permit before asking for donations, NGOs told-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
ALL public solicitations by non-government organizations (NGOs) or local government units (LGUs) must have a permit from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or its local social welfare and development office.
Grace Subong, DSWD 7 Institutional Development Division chief, said LGUs and partner NGOs should be aware of the Omnibus Rules and Regulations on Public Solicitation to protect the beneficiaries and donors.
Subong said their agency has been receiving complaints about individuals and organizations soliciting for donations without a permit from DSWD and without specifying what the programs are, who the beneficiaries will be and how the solicited resources will be spent.
She said solicitation methods specifically for public welfare or charitable purposes such as house-to-house, vehicle-to-vehicle, public transport solicitation and other similar activities are prohibited. Hence, organizations need to seek permission from DSWD.
She said NGOs may only seek a permit to solicit from DSWD if their solicitation activities cover two or more municipalities or provinces within the region.
They can also seek a permit from the LGUs if the fund raising or solicitation activities cover the town or city.
A permit processing fee of P500 for local solicitation and P1,000 for national efforts will be required.
Without the permit issued by DSWD, the solicitation is illegal which could land the culprit in jail.
It may also result in revocation, suspension, non-renewal, and blacklisting of the organization’s registration and license to operate.
Subong urged the public to report to DSWD any individual or group that conduct solicitation activities.
Meanwhile, Kerwin Macopa of the DSWD 7 public information office said the agency will support the passage of the public solicitation bill now pending in the 16th Congress.
He said the result of the orientation on public solicitation at St. Mark Hotel last Aug. 20 that was participated by 43 NGOs and LGUs will be submitted to Congress during a committee hearing on the bill.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 23, 2013.