PCNC certification ensures an NGO’s service excellence and accountability

PCNC for integrity and accountability of the Filipino NGO Sector

When it started operations in 1999, the original mission of PCNC was to be the pre-eminent certifying body of Philippine NGOs aspiring for “donee institution status” issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Starting 2009, or 10 years after, PCNC expanded its mission to improving the effectiveness of “Philippine NGOs so that they become increasingly accountable, credible and capable in providing services to those in need and to be instrumental in creating a culture of giving”.

For more focus and clarity, the purpose of PCNC was revised in 2019, to focus on ensuring integrity of the Philippine NGO sector and improvement of the reach, capability and effectiveness of certified organizations. It also emphasizes the fact that PCNC is not limited to organizational evaluation of certification applicants, but more so, it provides guidance to NGOs in identifying organizational strengths and areas for improvement and what mitigating actions could be taken to improve operations.

PCNC requirements are rigid but gave us a better guide in managing our organization.

Ms. Ampy ValeroBoard of Trustees, The Alvarez Foundation Philippines

As of the end of 2018,

PCNC has accomplished the following:

Developed an NGO Certification System that focuses on integrity, capability and effectiveness of NGOs;
Conducted a total of more than 2,500 evaluations (including renewals) involving about 1,190 NGOs, 1,018 of which were certified by PCNC. Among the PCNC certified organizations, 1,002 received BIR Donee Institution Status;
Trained more than 1,000 Volunteer Peer Evaluators from the senior staff of PCNC certified organizations and members of the Philippine Institute for Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) from which a pool of dedicated volunteers are now conducting evaluation of NGOs;
Consulted by associations of NGOs from other countries (e.g. Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, Bhutan and Cambodia) and presented the PCNC experience in 20 international forums held in the United States, Australia, Uganda and different parts of Europe and Asia;
Trained 830 small NGOs on good governance and management;
Developed and published two (2) manuals on basic NGO governance and management and a set of primers on NGO management.

PCNC Staff

Mr. Felix A. Tonog

Executive Director

Atty. Grace A. Sumalpong

Legal Adviser

From left to right: John Marvin Ausan, Rowena Dizon, Jovy Cera, Ann Eloida Gabasan, May Bayta, Kathrin Joy Tayao, and Michelle Tuazon