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Maguindanao CSOs to partner with CANA

Maguindanao CSOs to partner with CANA

By Rhenn S. Taguiam

COTABATO CITY—The Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA) met with civil society leaders here on June 15 to explore potential partnership in strengthening transparency and accountability in the province of Maguindanao.

Cotabato City meeting with CANAIn a meeting with leaders of the Maguindanao Network of Organizations (MAGNETO) and People's Coalition for Reform and Transformation, Inc. (People's CART), Center for Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD) Executive Director Red Batario introduced CANA, its work and accomplishments in helping form and strengthen citizen action in different provinces and cities, as well as possible collaboration with the groups. CCJD is one of the four implementing partners of CANA together with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, MindaNews and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

MAGNETO official Joel Cadelina said they will brief their members on the next steps in formalizing their partnership with CANA, which he said would boost their work for good governance in their province long riddled with political violence. He said their groups could draw lessons from best practices in citizen engagement by CANA-supported groups in other provinces.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary for ARMM Atty. Anwar Malang dropped by during the meeting and expressed his support for the initiative.

People’s CART and MAGNETO have been advocating for peace and development in Maguindanao since 2011 and 2012 respectively. They were instrumental in the successful implementation of CCJD’s media-citizen engagement initiative in partnership with local citizens’ groups and journalists to monitor public sector projects in the province in 2012.

At the end of the meeting, both CSOs agreed to pursue partnership with CANA by forming a citizen action group. They agreed to submit a proposal to CANA, and subsequently avail the ongoing training and mentoring support from the EU-funded project. Photos by Red Batario

(Rhenn S. Taguiam is an intern for the Citizen Action Network for Accountability. He is a 3rd year journalism student from the University of Santo Tomas and writes for the Science and Technology section of UST’s official school publication, The Varsitarian.)