Sorsogon Initiative for Local Accountability in Governance

Bound by the mission to provide a venue for citizens’ participation in governance, the Sorsogon Initiative for Local Accountability in Governance (SILAG) aims to increase transparency in the community through continuous engagement and dialogue with the local government units (LGU).

SILAG, a local term referring to a transparent fish found in Bicol waters, is a multi-sectoral group which aim to promote transparency in governance, particularly in the areas of public finance. Formed in 2014 with the support of the Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA), SILAG counts media practitioners, civil society workers, farmers, teachers, and other sectors as members, aspiring to promote in the province, which also has its own share of corruption issues.

SILAG works to build capacities of the citizens to understand local government processes through seminars, training, and research. It believes that an educated and aware community minimizes the risk of misusing public funds.

SILAG wants Sorsoganons to know that citizens themselves have the power to implement change in the community—but it is not served on a silver platter nor can be done overnight. This can only be achieved through collective action and participation of the people.