CANA holds 4th training in Sorsogon 

Sorsogon Training

 

SORSOGON CITY—The Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA) held its fourth training on citizen monitoring on public transparency here at the Villa Isabel Hotel on April 13. A total of 26 people representing the media, religious and civil society groups took part in the first of three trainings that CANA provides to citizen action groups it helps develop and work for better transparency and accountability.

Sorsogon Training with CANAParticipants of the “Monitoring and Reporting Public Transparency and Accountability (CANA Training Series 1)” came from organizations and local media institutions led by the Sorsogon Initiative for Local Accountability in Governance (SILAG) – the citizen action group which CANA is helping form -- together with K-FM, Padaba Bulan, Padaba Gubat, DWPS FM-Gubat, DZGN, DZMS, WAYC FM 101.5, Bicol News, Bicol Today, Padaba FM Sorsogon, Busina, Bicol TV, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Sorsogon, Karapatan, Holy Name Society, and Rotary Club.

NUJP Chair and CANA lead trainer Rowena Paraan underscored the importance of studying and knowing more about fiscal management especially among the media because this could affect the quality and availability of public services.

“You deprive a certain part of the society when fiscal management is not effective,” Paraan said.

She stressed the need for citizens to be well-equipped with knowledge about public finances to guide their campaigns against corruption and other forms of misuse of public funds.

Paraan said combating corruption in government is not an easy job because changing the society cannot happen overnight.

“Many times it will frustrate because it will not yield results and reactions one would expect…That is why groups like this [watchdogs] is very helpful in exposing wrongdoings. We must continue to monitor in any capacity,” she said.

At the end of the training, the group pledged to study fiscal management further by conducting seminars and forums on the budget and procurement process. They also aimed to strengthen citizen action groups like SILAG, while participants from the media planned to consistently expose corruption through their stories and radio programs.