Service Charter

MANDATE

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was established to serve as the coordinating and advisory body for the implementation of the social reform and poverty alleviation agenda.   It derives this mandate from Republic Act 8425,  also known as the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act of 1997.    This is further supported by derivative legal issuances namely: Administrative Order 21 (2011),  or the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing Title I of Republic Act 8425;  and Executive Order 110 (2002) directing the  People’s Credit and Finance Corporation to Administer the People’s Development Trust Fund (PDTF)  and  NAPC  source funds for,  and to oversee activities funded by,  the PDTF.


VISION

The The NAPC envisions a progressive society where there is equitable distribution of wealth, and its people, especially the poor and the marginalized, enjoy improved quality of life and participate responsibly in governance.


MISSION

The The NAPC is a government agency committed to reduce poverty by institutionalizing basic sector participation in governance and coordinating the poverty reduction effort of government and the private sector.


FUNCTIONS

The NAPC has the following functions:

  • Coordinate with different national and local government agencies and the private sector to assure full implementation of all social reform and poverty alleviation programs;
  • Coordinate with local government units in the formulation of social reform and poverty alleviation program for their respective areas in conformity with the National Anti-Poverty Action Agenda;
  • Recommend policy and other measures to ensure the responsive implementation of the commitments under the SRA;
  • Ensure meaningful representation and active participation of the bank sectors;
  • Oversee, monitor and recommend measures to ensure the effective formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and resource allocations and management of social reform and poverty alleviation program;
  • Advocate for the mobilization of funds by the national and local governments to finance social reform and poverty alleviation programs and capability building activities of people’s organizations;
  • Provide financial and non-financial incentives to local government units with counterpart resources for the implementation of social reform and poverty alleviation programs; and
  • Submit an annual report to Congress including, but not limited to, all aspects of its operations of programs and project implementation, financial status ad other relevant data as reflected by the basic reform indicators.

MAIN CLIENT

From the various legal issuances from which the NAPC derives its developmental role, it is clear that the basic sectors are its primary clientele. All its major services therefore are geared towards providing their needs, particularly for participation in decision-making, planning and action in aspects that affect their lives.

There are 14 basic sectors: farmers and rural landless workers, artisanal fisherfolks, indigenous peoples and cultural communities, urban poor, migrant workers and workers in the formal sector, workers in the informal sector, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, women, senior citizens, children, youth and students, cooperatives, non-government organizations and victims of disasters and calamities.


SERVICES

In general, the NAPC Secretariat provides technical, advisory, consultative, research, advocacy and administrative support services to the basic sectors according to the following unit assignments: The Office of the Secretary:

  • Links up the basic sectors with the highest echelons of government; and
  • Through the Communications Group, provides media support to the agenda and activities of the Basic Sectoral Councils and their members.

The Basic Sector Coordination and Advocacy Service (BSCAS):

  • Maintains and updates directory of basic sector organizations nationwide;
  • Provides staff work that fleshes out the agenda of the various Basic Sectoral Councils;
  • Provides copies of the sectoral agenda to the lead partner agencies of the Basic Sectoral Councils, as well as other national government agencies, and non-government entities that may provide response or assistance toward fulfilling the sectoral agenda;
  • Solicits commitment of support for the various sectoral agenda from these potential basic sectoral partners.
  • Organizes the regular and special meetings of the Basic Sectoral Councils and the inter-agency and inter-sectoral assistance group, Sectoral Technical Working Group, by:
    • Announcing dates and venue of meetings;
    • Confirming attendance of the participants, resource persons and guests;
    • Coordinates travel schedules of the basic sector representatives to and from the meeetings;
    • Coordinates the availability of the chosen venues
  • Formulates the agenda of the meetings;
  • Identifies possible resource persons during meetings and coordinates his/her/their attendance;
  • Gathers materials and documents related to the agenda, and prepares the meeting kits
  • Reproduces the meeting kits for all the participants;
  • Documents the proceedings;
  • Prepares highlights or minutes of meetings;
  • Drafts resolutions or agreements of the meeting, as needed;
  • Follows through the agreements in fulfillment of the agreements, decisions and directives resulting from the meeting;
  • Prepares and conducts communication and advocacy support to the agenda of the Basic Sectoral Council;
  • Prepares and implements a capacity-building program for the basic sectors; and
  • Takes custody and keeps records of the Basic Sectoral Councils.

The Local Affairs Coordination and Monitoring Service (LACMS):

  • Links up the members of the Basic Sectoral Council with the Local Government Units in their respective places of origin for their participation in various areas of local governance, but more importantly, in the crafting of the local poverty reduction action programs (LPRAPs) through the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRAT);
  • Organizes regional and local forums involving the Basic Sectoral Council members and other basic sector and civil society organizations for the discussion and resolution of local issues, including local manifestations of issues contained in the Basic Sectoral Agendas that also becomes opportunities for networking; Conducts capacity building for LGUs, specially in crafting and implementing in a participatory manner poverty focused programs; and
  • Conducts information dissemination about and advocacy for the basic sectoral agendas.

The Policy, Monitoring and Social Technology Service (PMSTS):

  • Provides policy research and advocacy support to the sectoral agenda of the 14 Basic Sectoral Councils; and
  • Through the MIS, provides information support to the agenda and activities of the Basic Sectoral Councils.

The Office of the Vice Chair for the Basic Sectors (OVC):

  • Provides secretariat support to the Sectoral Representatives Council, as follows:
  • Provides staff work that fleshes out the inter-sectoral agenda of the Sectoral Representative Council (SRC);
  • Provides copies of the SRC agenda to national government agnencies, and non-government entities that may provide response or assistance toward fulfilling the sectoral agenda;
  • Solicits commitment of support for the SRC agenda from these potential basic setoral partners.
  • Organizes the regular and special meetings of the SRC by:
    • Announcing dates and venue of meetings;
    • Confirming attendance of the participants, resource persons and guests;
    • Coordinates the availability of the chosen venues
  • Formulates the agenda of the meetings;
  • Identifies possible resource persons during meetings and coordinates his/her/their attendance;
  • Gathers materials and documents related to the agenda, and prepares the meeting kits
  • Reproduces the meeting kits for all the participants;
  • Documents the proceedings;
  • Prepares highlights or minutes of meetings;
  • Drafts resolutions or agreements of the meeting, as needed;
  • Follows through the agreements in fulfillment of the agreements, decisions and directives resulting from the meeting.
  • Prepares and conducts communication and advocacy support to the agenda of the SRC.
  • Takes custody and keep records of the SRC.

The Commission Coordination and Planning Service (CCPS):

  • Leads the organization of the NAPC En Banc meeting by providing technical and administrative secretariat work to the NAPC En Banc, the NAPC Executive Committee and the inter-agency Technical Action Officers-Technical Working Group (TAO-TWG) for the En Banc as follows:
    • Announces dates and venue of meetings;
    • Confirms attendance of the participants, resource persons and guests;
    • Coordinates the availability of the chosen venues;
    • Formulates the agenda of the meetings in coordination with various organs of the Office of the President in the case of the NAPC En Banc;
    • Identifies possible resource persons during meetings and coordinates his/her/their attendance;
    • Gathers materials and documents related to the agenda, and prepares the meeting kits
    • Reproduces the meeting kits for all the participants;
    • Documents the proceedings;
    • Prepares highlights or minutes of meetings;
    • Drafts resolutions or agreements of the meeting, as needed;
    • Follows through the agreements in fulfillment of the agreements, decisions and directives resulting from the meeting.
    • Prepares and conducts communication and advocacy support to the agenda of the NAPC En Banc;
    • Takes custody and keep records of these NAPC organs.

The Administrative and Financial Management Service (AFMS):

  • Provides administrative and financial assistance to the other NAPC units in the delivery of their services to the Basic Sectoral Councils;
  • Specially, it facilitates the release of per diems and representation and travel allowances for the various linkaging, networking and advocacy services of the Basic Sectoral Council members, according to the following policies and procedures:
    • Pursuant to the letter of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) dated September 3, 1999, Sectoral Representatives are entitled to P2,000.00 per diem/per meeting/per month but not to exceed P8,000.00/month, and , in the case of Council Members, P1,000.00 per diem/per meeting/per month but not to exceed P4,000.00.
    • Each Sectoral Representative and Council member must submit on or before the 5th day of each month his/her Copy of Certification (COC) to the Basic Sector Coordination and Advocacy Service (BSCAS) thru the designated Focal Person of the sector.
    • The designated Focal Person shall check the completeness of the submitted COCs and have these signed by the Sectoral Representative or designated signatories.
    • The Focal Person of the sector shall likewise secure the signature of the Vice-Chairperson for the Basic Sectors on the COCs of Sectoral Representatives.
    • Completed and duly signed COCs should be submitted by the Focal Person to the BSCAS admin staff on or before the 10th day of the month for consolidation and payroll preparation.
    • Based on the submitted documents of Focal Persons, the BSCAS admin staff shall prepare the payroll for a particular month and submit the same on or before the 15th day of each month to the Administrative, Financial and Management Service (AFMS) thru the Finance Section.
    • The AFMS shall review and process the submitted payroll within five (5) working days upon receipt thereof which shall include check preparation and PACS payroll system. Within two (2) working days after the approval of checks, the Finance Section shall immediately transmit the approved check and PACS payroll to the Land bank of the Philippines (LBP) to ensure its remittance to the ATM account of each recipient on or before the 26th day of the month or immediately upon approval of check and PACS payroll by concerned signatories.
    • To facilitate the release of per diems, Sectoral Representatives and Council members are enjoined to open an ATM account with the LBP, the servicing bank of the NAPC. For those who cannot open an account with LBP, payment shall be made thru checks.
    • COCs and reports for the month of December of each year must be submitted within the last week of that month or not later than January 5th of the following year. This is in consideration of the cash appropriations for that month which can only be made available until the end of December. Per existing government policy, unappropriated funds for a preceding year shall automatically be reverted to the National Treasury in the ensuing year.
  • To provide clearer guidance to Sectoral Representatives and council Members in claiming payment for their monthly per diems, and in adherence to the cash program of the government and to the “no report, no release” policy of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the following are rules and regulations on the validity of claims:
    • Copy of Certification (COC) for a particular month shall be submitted not later than the 5th day of the following month in order to be included in the payroll for that month. To illustrate: COCs for the month of May must be submitted to NAPC on or before June 5 to ensure inclusion of one’s name in the payroll for June.
    • Payment of claims for a particular month shall be made available on or before the 26th day of each month or immediately upon approval of check and PACS payroll by concerned signatories.
    • COCs submitted or received beyond the 5th day of each month shall be included in the payroll for the succeeding month. To illustrate: COCs for the month of May submitted after June 5 shall be processed accordingly but per diems of which shall only be paid or included in the July payroll period.
    • COCs submitted beyond two (2) months from the deadline shall no longer be accepted and processed for payment of per diems. This applies to all COCs due for submission every month of each year except for COCs due for the months of October, November and December where the deadlines should be strictly observed. To illustrate: COCs for the month of May submitted after August 5 shall no longer be processed for payment of per diems. Per diems claims for the months of October, November and December shall only be granted if the corresponding COCs were submitted not later than November 5 and December 5 of a current year, respectively.

Download: NAPC Secretariat Manual of Operations (as of December 2015, currently being updated)