CANA holds 10th training in Iligan City 

Iligan 10th Training


ILIGAN CITY -- The Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA) held its 10th training on public transparency here on June 9 to strengthen citizens’ understanding, monitoring and reporting of public funds.  

Iligan 10th traning picsAround 30 people from the media and civil society took part in “Monitoring and Reporting Public Transparency and Accountability (CANA Training Series 1)”, the first of three training which CANA provides to citizen action groups it helps develop to engage local governments for better transparency and accountability. 

The Civil Society Organization Forum for Peace (CSO-FP) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Iligan City-Lanao Chapter, CANA’s local partners, co-organized the training.

Media participants were from the Mindanao Gold Star, The Ranao Star, Radio Mindanao Network-DXIC, RxSO-Radyo ng Bayan, GMA7 and ABS-CBN. CSO participants were from the Balay Integrated Rehabilitation Center for Total Human Development (BIRTH-Dev, Inc.), Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) Iligan, Lanao Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (LAHRA Inc.), Centre for Human Rights, Advancement and Restoration of Mother Earth (CHARM Inc.), and the Independent Component City Agriculture and Fishery Council (ICCAFC). Representatives of government agencies such as the Philippine Information Agency and the Iligan City Gender and Development Office also took part in the training. 

NUJP Director and CANA trainer Sonny Fernandez said citizens themselves can push for change in their localities by studying how public finances work. Lawyer and former Iligan City Mayor Franklin Quijano also shared insights on good governance and ways for people to combat corruption at the local level.

At the end of the training, the participants pledged to work for better transparency and accountability by strengthening their organizations, conducting dialogues with their LGU and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and launching information campaigns on their LGUs’ performance and level of transparency. Photos by Sonny Fernandez