CANA Develops Partnership with DILG

 

THE CITIZEN ACTION NETWORK FOR LGU Accountability and Performance (CANA) met with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on May 2 to discuss possible partnership to improve accountability of local government units nationwide.

Meeting at the DILG national office in Quezon City were DILG Undersecretary for Local Governance Austere Panadero, CANA Project Manager Rorie Fajardo, and Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD, one of implementing partners of CANA) Executive Director Red Batario. 

Panadero welcomed CANA, adding that DILG needs more participation from civil society to ensure that LGUs are responsive to the peoples’ needs.

CANA is a three-year initiative to improve accountability and service delivery of LGUs through local citizen engagement. It is the third collaboration of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, CCJD, MindaNews and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Panadero said the DILG and CANA could work together in the monitoring, analysis and reporting of LGU budget data generated through the department’s Full Disclosure Policy; LGUs’ regulatory functions like issuing permits; LGUs’ use of disaster risk reduction and management funds; and revenue generation of LGUs.

Panadero also welcomed CANA’s plan to focus on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as the poorest part of the country.

Fajardo, meanwhile, said CANA’s project website, set for launch in end-June, will encourage tips and other useful information from ordinary citizens on how their local governments do their jobs.

The project aims to build a national network of citizen action groups which it will help develop and mentor in 28 pre-selected areas nationwide, including Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Catanduanes and Masbate.

CANA takes root from the successes of the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project, which the same partnership implemented in 2009 to 2011. PPTRP worked closely with DILG under then secretary Jesse Robredo to monitor and report on LGUs’ compliance with its Full Disclosure Policy and the policy against officials putting their names and photos in government properties. Citizen Action Network for LGU Accountability and Performance