Eastern Samar Citizens’ Movement for Accountability and Transparency (ECMAT)

The Eastern Samar Citizens’ Movement for Accountability and Transparenacy (ECMAT) is a Borongan City-based advocacy group composed of media practitioners, civil society workers, and other sectors aiming to promote transparency and accountability in the province, and reduce corruption.

Formed in July 2014 with the help of the Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA), ECMAT seeks to monitor and report public transparency and accountability in Eastern Samar, particularly on the usage of government funds and foreign aid in areas highly affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

The group works in three municipalities: Quinapondan, Guiuan, and Hernani, which were all declared as “ground zero” after the storm. It aims to develop a monitoring tool and provide training support to the citizens to ensure that every single peso goes to the people, especially to the poor and disadvantaged sectors of the community.

ECMAT recently maximized spaces of engaging its LGU by negotiating for a memorandum of understanding on public transparency and improved delivery of public services and goods. It initially met with Borongan municipal councilor Jennifer Anacio on potential partnership to increase people’s participation in governance and to continually engage the LGU to provide better service delivery.

For more information and updates about the group, join ECMAT on Facebook here.