CANA holds 20th training in Surigao del Sur


TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur—Several representatives from the media, civil society, and other sectors took part in the Citizen Action Network for Accountability’s (CANA) 20th training on improving transparency and accountability at the local level held here on August 17.

A total of 34 participants joined CANA’s Monitoring and Reporting Public Transparency and Accountability (CANA Training Series 1) aimed to raise citizens’ capacities to engage local government units (LGU).

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Director and CANA trainer Fred Villareal discussed how citizens can take part in the processes of their LGU, especially the budget and procurement process. It is imperative to partake in all phases to minimize corruption and misuse, Villareal said. 

At the end of the training, participants committed to improve their knowledge on local issues in their areas and to campaign for a local version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill. The media representatives particularly committed to report more about the usage of public funds to help increase people’s awareness.

The participating groups are in the process of building a province-wide citizen action network supported by CANA. Photos by Fred Villareal