The First 4 Citizen Action Groups

CANA’s predecessor, the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project, helped develop and mentor four citizen action groups for accountability. Here’s more about them:



WATCH NORTH COTABATO

The Watchful Advocates for Transparent, Clean and Honest Governance in North Cotabato (WATCH NORTH COTABATO) is committed to increase initiatives among media, civil society and ordinary citizens to monitor and report on corruption and transparency issues in their local communities.

It started in June 2010 as a city-wide effort only with help from the predecessor of CANA -- the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) -- with members calling themselves as WATCH Kidapawan. But because of the impact it has created in just a short period of time, citizens from nearby municipalities in North Cotabato sought their help.

The group has helped increase reporting on local government transparency and accountability in Kidapawan City and Nortth Cotabato, and has reached out to LGUs and other government agencies to access information on budgets. It has taken part in local council sessions in Kidapawan and has initiated to scrutinize projects of the city government. In January 2011, less than a year since it was formed, WATCH North Cotabato’s exposes against illegal collection of rental fees at the Kidapawan City Hall has helped stop such practices eventually increase revenues through fee collection, according to the Office of the City Treasurer.

For more information, contact WATCH Kidapawan Chairperson Mr. Abner Francisco through his Facebook account: click here


MATA-SAMAR

The Multisectoral Alliance for Transparency and Accountability in Samar (MATA-SAMAR) is an anti-corruption advocacy group based in Catbalogan City, Samar. Its formal organization dates back to December 10, 2010 when PPTRP selected Samar as one of its pilot areas.

MATA-Samar gained local and national attention when it pursued the filing of legal action as test cases against local government officials who failed to comply with the Full Disclosure Policy and the Banning of Pictures and Images on Government Programs and Projects, as mandated by memorandum circulars of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. It was among the first provincial groups to have signified public-private engagement with the Aquino administration through a Memorandum of Agreement between the non-government Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) and the DILG. It likewise became instrumental in the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for an effective and constructive engagement between LGUs and the civil society organizations in Samar.

To date, MATA-Samar is a leading local advocacy group that is involved in massive anti-corruption campaigns, budget watch, procurement watch, lifestyle check, infrastructure projects monitoring and membership expansion down to the municipal and barangay level.

Its members include the Samarnews.com, a leading media organization in Samar; the Alliance of Concerned Employees in Samar (ACES), an association of government employees; Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Calbayog, a church-based organization; An Tandaya, representing the farmers, fisher folks and the labor sector; Isog han Samar, a legal support group; and the Social Alliance Group of Indigent People (SAGIP), a group of health and basic services advocates.

For more information, contact MATA-Samar spokesperson Ms. Emy Bonifacio at http://www.mata-samar.org/.


BOHOL TNT

The Bohol Transparency Network for Transformation (Bohol TNT) has been initially organized on September 17, 2010 through the help of the PPTRP and the Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF). Civil society organizations and media practitioners agreed to come together and form a “friendly citizens watchdog” for Bohol that will focus on transparency and accountability of local government units and public offices.

Bohol TNT agreed to expand its membership and identify other groups that are into government monitoring. Its members envisioned Bohol TNT to become an umbrella organization of public accountability and transparency monitoring and reporting in the province of Bohol. It was formally launched on June 2011 and immediately received support and commendation from the provincial government, business community and other sectors.

Bohol TNT members include the PRMF, Bohol Tri-Media Association, Bohol Information Officers Association, Bohol Alliance of Non-Government Organizations (BANGON), PAKISAMA, PADAYON Bohol Marine Triangle, Bohol Chamber of Commerce, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines – Bohol Chapter, Bohol Nature Crusaders, Consumer Watch, and the Holy Name University. BANGON serves as its secretariat.

For more information, contact secretariat coordinator Ms. Aepril Maita “Myttee” Palo at Telephone Number This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


MIS OCC PTC

The Misamis Occidental Public Transparency Collective (Mis Occ PTC) was organized with the help of PPTRP to bankroll efforts in localizing public transparency initiatives in key localities of the province, principally Ozamiz City.

 The following organizations helped convene and formally launch Mis Occ PTC in April 2011: the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Ozamiz Chapter; the Freedom from Debt Coalition in Western Mindanao, which has a campaign on the transparency of local borrowings and local budget watch; Gitib Inc., which is into rural development, children’s rights and environmental education; and the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)-Ministry of the Society of Saint Columban which is involved in a campaign to check on the practice of officials of far-flung towns of giving themselves salaries and benefits way above the mandated rates per classification of their respective municipalities. The NUJP acts as the secretariat.

 For more information, contact Project Co-Facilitator Mr. Ryan Rosauro and NUJP-Ozamiz Chair Mr. Neptalie Botalenio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..