MATA-Samar

The Multisectoral Alliance for Transparency and Accountability in Samar (MATA-SAMAR) is an anti-corruption advocacy group based in Catbalogan City, Samar. It was formally organized on December 10, 2010 when the Philippine Public Transparency and Reporting Project (PPTRP), the predecessor of the Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA), selected Samar as one of its pilot areas.

In 2013, at the start of CANA, MATA-Samar has again become one of the project’s partners and the province to engage local governments for transparency and accountability. MATA-Samar has also assisted CANA in reaching out to potential members of a citizen action group in Leyte.

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 Law 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 (DILG). It was among the first provincial groups to have signified public-private engagement with then newly installed 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 SamarTo date, MATA-Samar is a leading local advocacy group that is involved in 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 Chairman Mr. Ray Gaspay and Spokesperson Mr. Rommel Rutor at http://www.mata-samar.org/.

 

The Social Action Center (SAC-Calbayog) of the Diocese of Calbayog is a non-stock, non-profit church-based organization that concerns itself with the Social Action Apostolate of the Church in the parish and barangay levels. The Church clearly recognizes that Christian social apostolate, i.e., “action carried out by the Church and its members to promote human development, justice in society, and peace, is a task without which evangelization is not complete”. In pursuance of the goals defined by the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II), the SAC is mandated to respond to the people’s needs through the implementation of relevant programs and services that address such crucial issues as poverty, environmental degradation, agriculture / fishery development, housing needs of the poor, good governance, political reforms, peace issues and the exploitation of women and children. The SAC as a Diocesan commission currently implements (a) Sustainable Agriculture and Developmental Aquaculture Program; (b) Enterprise Development Program; (c) Community Mortgage Program; (d) Peace, Human Rights and Good Governance Program and (d) Environmental Advocacy Program. Its scope covers the twenty six (26) parishes of the Diocese of Calbayog, in the western part of Samar.

Association of Concerned Employees of Samar (ACES) which is an association of employees of the Provincial Government of Samar initially drawn together to claim the benefits due them from the Provincial Government (i.e. Productivity Enhancement Incentive, Magna Carta for Health Workers, salary increase, etc.). They called themselves Advocates for Good Governance in Samar and have exposed some irregularities in the implementation of health, agriculture, infrastructure and basic services projects. From the clamor to grant the benefits due the employees, ACES has grown to become a watchdog for transparency and accountability in the provincial government of Samar.

Tandaya Foundation, Inc. An Tandaya Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to promote sustainable development, good governance, social justice and peace in Samar. Its programs include community development focusing on sustainable agri-aqua development, advocacy on good governance and environment, research and training. Its office is located at the Old PPA Bldg., Pier 2, Catbalogan City, Samar. Contact person is Mr. Jose A. Mabulay, Jr., its Executive Director.

Samar News.com is a private media entity based in Catbalogan City dedicated to bring the latest issues and information happening in Samar and the entire of region 8 to the Waray people worldwide. Established in May 2003 via the internet, Samar News.com has been the reliable source of news and information by the people of region 8 worldwide, and has become active in various advocacy programs for the betterment of the Samar province. Aside its online media service, Samar News.com is also on newspaper, radio and television programming.

Isog han Samar Movement is an anti corruption group that advocates good governance in Samar province. As a group of crusaders for transparency and accountability in public service, it has filed corruption cases against erring public officials of the provincial government with the Office of the Ombudsman. Currently it forged a partnership with CPU-Samar (Corruption Prevention Unit-Samar) in its effort to rid government of erring public officials and in order to advocate efficient delivery of public service.