November 9, 2011
Outstanding Liberal Projects
A local government program for literacy, a civil society project
to bring kids to school and a legislative bill that encourages
participation in governance topped the list of
The Liberal Project.
Out of the 32 entries that were submitted, the jury of The
Liberal Project selected five initiatives that promote empowerment
and freedom. “We recognize programs of the LGU and NGO and
at the same time, acknowledge the national government’s
involvement in the hope these projects can be institutionalized
and replicated in a larger scale,” said Dean Edna Co of
the University of the
Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance
(UP NCPAG), who chaired the jury.
The outstanding liberal projects that will be awarded on 06 December
Enhanced Literacy Program, Tagum City, Davao
Platform Human Development 2010, United
Nations (UN) Project
House Bill No. 3773 – An act institutionalizing
the participation of bona fide civil society organizations (CSOs)
in budget hearings and deliberations in congress, in national
government agencies (NGAs) and the local government units (LGUs)
proposed by Rep. Erin Tañada
Yellow Boat Project, Zamboanga City
The Department of Finance’s Pera ng Bayan
will be given special recognition for using the internet to encourage
citizen’s participation in governance.
Online voting was also held where 6,802 votes were gathered.
The top two entries that garnered the most number of votes are:
2,205 votes or 32% of the total votes
Sustaining Teaching Excellence program (STEP)
Equity as the Big Picture:
The Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy, UP Visayas
1,943 votes or 29% of the total votes
Programs & Services to Empower the PWDs,
“The public appreciate programs that address very practical
concerns, things that affect them directly,” observed Gigi
Go of Newsbreak. “It
is good that the favorites in the online voting are not among
the jury's choices. The awards then showcase more programs or
projects worth replicating in other LGUs,” she added. Another
member of the jury was Lito Arlegue, Executive Director of the
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD).
The Liberal Project was organized by the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation for Freedom (FNF) as part of It’s All About Freedom
campaign. FNF is a German political foundation that promotes participatory
democracy, human rights and free trade. It is currently celebrating
its 25 years in the Philippines.