Citizen Action Project Launched July 2


THE CITIZEN ACTION NETWORK FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (CANA) in its public launch on July 2 in Quezon City called on citizens to use its latest crowd mapping technology to report on their local governments, good or bad.

CANA aims to help improve the level of quality of public services provided to communities nationwide and to the poorest through information, education, training, organization, reporting, advocacy and participation.

“CANA is built on the belief that the more we as ordinary Filipinos can start to understand how local government works, the more we can monitor, engage, shape and ultimately ensure it always work for us,” says Rorie Fajardo, CANA Project Manager.

Few hours since the launch of its website We Can! CANA has received reports from citizens on problems in its communities through its crowd mapping page.

One report came from a citizen in Marilao, Bulacan who reported that a traffic light in a main highway here has been out of order for over a year now. The citizen’s report can be viewed here  and here is a grab of the map: 

Citizens also shared their feedback on how to better improve it.

Speaking at the launch were former Sarangani Gov. Migs Dominguez, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero, People Power for Reform Volunteers leader Chit Asis, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) chairperson Rowena Carranza-Paraan, social media activist and blogger Tonyo Cruz, and CANA Project Director Alan Davis. Journalist and campaigns director Inday Espina-Varona moderated the forum.

In his closing remarks, whistle blower and activist Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Lozada invited citizens to support initiatives like CANA towards making their local governments more responsible.

CANA and its website is another joint initiative of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), the MindaNews  and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines(NUJP). It is part-funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines. Citizen Action Network for Accountability  

Click icon to download Launch Presentations 

Citizens as Stakeholders by CCJD Executive Director Red Batario

Social Media, Citizens & Local Governance by social media activist Tonyo Cruz

Tapping Citizen Action to Fight Corruption, Improve Lives by DILG Usec Austere Panadero

Using ICT to Give Communities a Voice by NUJP Chairperson Rowena Paraan

 Tapping Citizen Action to Fight Corruption by PPVR Regional Chairperson Concepcion Asis