The Polangui Movement Alliance Towards Action (PMATA) is a multi-sectoral group that monitors the use of public funds in their municipality. It aims to improve the local government unit (LGU)’s accountability and transparency by building the capacity of citizens to understand, organize, monitor and engage with LGU. Concerned citizens from different sectors of the community—including members of the media, religious, youth, and transparency groups—formed PMATA in April 2013 and officially registered with the Security and Exchange Commission on August 20, 2013.

PMATA was formed out of the necessity to have a legitimate civil society organization in Polangui. Members saw the need to demand for more transparency and accountability from the LGU in using public funds following the surface of stories of ghost projects and employees in the community and the lack of information on the use of funds for disaster risk reduction and management. Prior to its partnership with CANA, the group has been active in monitoring its LGU’s usage of funds and the local procurement process.

The network is set to strengthen its members’ skills and abilities to monitor transparency and accountability of their LGU and become one of the citizen action groups that CANA will support through training, networking, investigation and publishing of reports, and use of information technology for campaigns. 

PMATA members include the following groups: the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP)-Albay, Apostleship of Prayer (AP), Lord’s Flock Sanctuary International (LFSI), Assemblies of God (AG), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Faith Bible Church (FBC), Word of Life, Church of Christ Polangui (CCP), Revealing Jesus, Mainliners Jeepney Driver and Owner Association (MJODA), Magurang-Ubaliw-Basud Irrigators Association (MUBIA), Teachers’ Dignity Alliance (TDA), and Maynaga Women’s Association.