The Department of Social Work (DSW) of the University of the Philippines, College of Social Work and Community Development, joins our partner civil society organizations (CSOs), in strongly condemning the issuance of Memorandum Circular (MC) 2021-012 released by the Department of Interior and Local Government on January 28, 2021. The memorandum circular requires CSOs to acquire clearance from both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, to participate in the governance of their local government units (Section 4.1).