THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday admitted that it has accredited 1,891 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) but maintained that these are not involved in any questionable transactions.
DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman made the disclosure when the DSWD presented its P78 billion proposed budget for 2014 before the House Committee on Appropriations.
“There are 1,891 NGOs registered with the DSWD, and none of these are owned by Napoles,” Soliman said, referring to Janet Lim Napoles, the woman accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam and who reportedly earned billions by using bogus NGOs.
Soliman said her agency is “very strict” in screening NGOs before they are given accreditation. She said NGOs are required to submit copies of their certificate of registration (certified true copy), certificate of incorporation and by laws, purpose of existence, certification from the Securities and Exchange Commission, status of operation, profile of the governing board, employees, work and financial plan, among others.
“We validate these documents because we will be the one liable to COA (Commission on Audit). Likewise, we go around and check their status prior to their registration and we conduct spot check again during the implementation of projects,” Soliman said.