CANA holds 17th training in Bacolod City


BACOLOD CITY—Citizens here pledged to be more vigilant and report more about their local government unit (LGU) during the Citizen Action Network for Accountability’s (CANA) 17th training on public transparency and accountability on July 19.

More than 40 people representing the media, civil society, and other sectors joined “Monitoring and Reporting Public Transparency and Accountability (CANA Training Series 1)” to improve their knowledge about local budget processes and their ability to guard public funds. Participating organizations are the University of La Salle-Department of Communication, Negros Daily Bulletin, Interaksyon, and the Whistleblowers’ Association for Reforms and Responsible Action for Nationalist Transformation (WARRANT).

The training is the first of the three-part training that CANA gives to citizen action groups it supports and helps form in different parts of the country.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Chairperson and CANA lead trainer Rowena Paraan emphasized the need to engage the LGU as it has a major role in providing basic social services. She discussed how the controversial pork barrel system slows down service delivery and breeds political patronage.

They are poised to build its province-wide citizen action group that will serve as a watchdog of the LGU.