Citizens Report the Bad and Good in Their Government

 

CITIZENS NATIONWIDE CONTINUE filing reports on what’s bad or good about their local government units (LGUs)  using CANA’s Citizen Action Map since the latter’s public launch July 2.

CANA to date has received more than 100 citizen action reports from as far as Samar and Negros Oriental. Apart from the crowd map, other citizens use CANA’s SMS (+63927.703.1688), Twitter account (@citizenactionph), email (citizenaction.net @gmail.com) to share information, photos and comments on the performance and level of transparency of their LGUs.

One of the first reports we received was on a traffic light which had been out of order for more than a year on a main highway in Marilao, Bulacan. The citizen report was featured in media interviews with CANA.

A ‘concerned senior citizen’ meanwhile, emailed annotated photos about a pointless road widening project in Antipolo City because the public works department left old electric posts in the middle of the new roads, thus causing more traffic. Citizen action groups which CANA met in Eastern Visayas reacted strongly to this report, adding they have similar pointless projects in their communities.  

Another unnamed concerned citizen posted Wednesday a report and photo on the cliff construction project allegedly worth PhP 50 million in Barangay Himampangon in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. The report could be viewed here.

“The project [was] started during the incumbency of then Congresswoman Josy Limkaichong,” said the citizen. “The said project was declared finished, but in truth, it was not and in fact, rocks fall every time strong winds and storms strike Negros Oriental.”

A concerned citizen from San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur filed a report on the LGU’s inaction to 2011 audit findings of the Commission on Audit (COA), including expenses for meals during staff meetings worth almost PhP 700 million and gas and fuel expenses worth PhP 5 million with no receipts. The report could be viewed here.

Some citizens also shared what works with the government, for instance praising police officer Lakan Bagwis in Quezon City for his commitment to serve citizens, and the good service of Metro Manila Development Authority under current chairman Francis Tolentino.

CANA continues to encourage citizens to use its Citizen Action Map to report on their LGUs. It will share the citizen reports with respective concerned government agencies by September. Citizen Action Network for Accountability