CANA holds 13th training in Tawi-Tawi

Tawi-Tawi 13th traiining


BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi—Citizens here pledged to be more vigilant and report more about corruption in their local government unit (LGU) during the Citizen Action Network for Accountability’s (CANA) 13th training on public transparency and accountability June 22.

Tawi-Tawi training 2At least 32 people representing media, civil society and other sectors joined the “Monitoring and Reporting Public Transparency and Accountability (CANA Training Series 1)” to strengthen citizens’ know-how to guard public funds and serve as the watchdog of the government. 

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) chairperson and CANA lead trainer Rowena Paraan emphasized the need to engage and actively participate in governance.

Resource speaker and Mindanao State University-Tawi Tawi Chancellor Atty. Lorenzo Reyes discussed challenges to good governance, particularly local corruption issues.

At the end of the training, the participants committed to further engage their LGU and monitor usage of their local funds, particularly the LGU’s pork barrel and Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). Media practitioners planned to form their own group to advance right to information on public fund use in the province. Photos by Rowena Paraan