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Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Partners


The basic principle of the Administration is that stakeholders are involved in governance. Partnership with the civil society is a key strategy to help attain an empowered and accountable Local Government Units (LGUs).

Types of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

  • Cooperative

A cooperative is an autonomous and duly registered association of persons, with a common bond of interest, who have voluntarily joined together to achieve their social, economic and cultural needs and aspirations by making equitable contributions to the capital required, patronizing their products and services and accepting a fair share of risks and benefits of the undertaking in accordance with the universally accepted cooperative principles.

  • Non-government organization

It is a non-stock, non-profit organization that work with different sectors and communities, promoting their general welfare and development and provides a wide range of services for people’s organizations and tends to operate with full time staff. Social development organizations, foundations, and independent research institutions fall in this category.

  • Civic organization

This is any local service club, fraternal society or association, volunteer group, or local civic league or association not organized for profit but operated exclusively for educational or charitable purposes, including the promotion of community welfare, and the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, recreational or social welfare purposes.

  • People’s organization

This refers to grassroots volunteer organizations that advance the economic and social well-being of its members. Examples of POs include those formed by farmers, local laborers, or indigenous peoples. Community-based organizations and labor unions fall in this category.

  • Social movement

These are large informal groupings of individuals or organizations that aim to affect social change through sustained, organized, collective action. Some of them are not permanent institutions, but instead tend to coalesce, pursue their aims, and then dissolve. Religious movements are included in this category.  

  • Professional / Industry Association

A professional association is a duly incorporated non-stock corporation by registered professionals and established for the benefit and welfare of the professionals of one discipline, for the advancement of the profession itself, and for other professional ends. Likewise, an industry association is a non-stock corporation composed of businesses in the same industry and established to pursue the interest of the industry. Chambers of commerce and industry associations also fall in this category.