CSOs, Media in Leyte to Form Citizen Action Group  

 

TACLOBAN CITY – MEMBERS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA here agreed to form a citizen action group which will understand, monitor and report on issues linked to transparency and accountability of local governments in the province of Leyte.

This came about during the group’s initial meet with the Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA) August 7 at the office of Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs (EVNet).

Media organizations present were Radyo Diwa, EV Bulletin, Leyte-Samar Daily Express, Philippine News Agency, Solar News, ABS CBN, San Juanico News, DYBR, and DYDW. CSO members present were from EVNet, Plan International-Youth Sector, and the People’s Initiative towards Peace and Sustainable Development (PIPSUD).

Initially calling themselves as Buliganay (local term for helping) Leyte, the group aims to share information and report on critical transparency and accountability issues surrounding their local governments. They acknowledge each sector’s strength which they could combine for greater results through the group – the CSOs’ access to information in communities, and the media’s powers to reach out to wider public.

The group said critical LGU transparency issues here include use of internal revenue allotment, calamity (or disaster risk reduction and management) funds, pork barrel and status of government infrastructure projects.

Buliganay Leyte plans to engage local governments constructively, praising good practices while exposing corrupt practices.

Leyte, one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines, is one of CANA’s priority areas to build citizen action groups for accountability.