CANA-Scale Up develops partnership with Notre Dame 


GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Citizen Action Network for Accountability-Scaling Up (CANA-Scale Up) met with officials of a Catholic university here to explore possible collaboration to promote public transparency and accountability through citizen action.

In a meeting with officials of the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) last October 7, CANA-Scale Up Project Assistant Ive dela Fuente introduced the program, work and accomplishments in promoting citizen action for transparency and accountability in local governance, and the support we give to strengthen citizen-led monitoring.  

NDDU is one of the largest Catholic universities in the city. It implements various outreach programs through its Community Involvement Services (CIS) office. 

NDDU Vice President for Administration Jovir Ignacio and CIS Coordinator Jose Suizo Jr. discussed how the school has been a staunch advocate of honest and transparent governance as well as fraud-free elections since 1990.  They acknowledged that joining the CANA-Scale Up program would help them in their efforts.

Watchful Advocates for Transparent, Clean and Honest Governance in North Cotabato (WATCH North Cotabato) President Abner Francisco and Treasurer Sr. Lalyn Macahilo also participated in the meeting to share learning and accomplishments of their own organization while partnering with IWPR and CANA-Scale Up. 

Sr. Macahilo, who is also part of NDDU’s Catechetical Program, strongly urged the university to partner with CANA-Scale Up.  “Joining CANA-Scale Up can help us further in our efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in our local government in General Santos City,” she said.

Suizo also highlighted the benefits of introducing NDDU students to lessons on responsible governance and public finance, which CANA-Scale Up offers through its trainings for partner groups.

“It’s best to instill the values of transparency and accountability to our students early on.  That way, they will become more vigilant,” Suizo said. 

At the end of the meeting, both agreed to explore partnership for citizen action for transparency and accountability.  NDDU noted that they are eager to become CANA-Scale Up's first partner school and become a good example to academic institutions nationwide.