Genuine NGOs speak-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Sunday, September 1, 2013
IT CAN be just about anything but government, but the word NGO, which generally means non-government-affiliated organization or non-government organization, that is independent of government funding and control, has been obviously misused, abused and violated by many people, particularly the politicians who made money out of it. And while there's no denying that among some members of NGOs there are also those who are unscrupulous and are using the good intent of the organization for their selfish purposes, NGOs in many parts of our country have been able to extend much needed help to many people in need in communities where basic government service are nil.
That is why, with Napoles' dubiously created NGO that was organized for the purpose of robbing people's money by the dishonorable congressmen, senator and other public officials, the NGO world has been besmirched and downgraded. However, I agree with a friend's thoughts that points out the folly of having Napoles alone to answer this imbroglio of NGOs being the target of people's ire and suspicion, now that some citizens in the know “spilled the beans.”
Although by dragging the name of the NGOs into the quagmire that it is embroiled now, Napoles have succeeded in destroying and tarnishing the credibility of the genuine NGOs around.
It might be said that the commonly called NGOs have access to funding from benevolent individuals and organizations from outside the country, but that is because partnerships among these entities have a long-standing background and trust has already been established. These partnerships though were not formed overnight, but were built for many years.
Many of these true and independent NGOs clearly exist because of the objective conditions of people and communities on the ground that have been deprived of government attention. For years, these NGOS have existed with integrity, nationalism and responsibility.
The line has long been drawn, and yet, the greed for power continues unabated.
We hope indeed that the Aquino administration will not succumb to the pressures of self interests and instead yield to the will of its electorate that was responsible for its being at the helm.
The Filipinos are no longer blind to the reality that so much of our revenues only go to the pockets of the politicians who are already identified.
It is our fervent prayer that the mass media must also do its part in exposing these irregularities. It owes this much to the public and must therefore stop at attempts to use it for purposes other than to serve the truth and interest of true nationalism.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 02, 2013.