November 2013 Archives

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PH wins award in London for anti-corruption...

by Voltaire Tupaz Despite the controversies linking it to the misuse of public funds, a summit in London recognized the Philippines as a bright spot in the global fight against corruption. A joint Commission on Audit (COA)-civil society project that audits government performance won the Bright Spots award at the recently concluded Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit held from October 31...

Putting the Citizen at the Heart of ‘Hakama’

As Lao Tse, an ancient Chinese philosopher warned, if one does not change direction one might end up where one is heading. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has begun the difficult process of changing direction, pushed by citizens demanding a greater role in determining their future. The region’s ultimate destination is still far from certain but ongoing reforms to...

5 tips on how to make progress on open government

By Zoe Smith on 31 October 2013 As governments, donors and civil society organisations meet on Friday at the Open Government Partnership summit in London, the agenda will inevitably be driven by the demand for increased accountability and transparency from all actors. Yet while advocating for these principles is important, there is a more urgent need for greater understanding of the factors...

Australian gov't supports PH anti-corruption...

Australia lauded the Philippine government for its initiative to push for greater transparency in using public funds, in spite of an ongoing pork barrel scam controversy that has hounded the Aquino adminstration. In a statement, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said: “A more effective and open budget process in the Philippines is essential to combat corruption and...

Call for Applications

ANSA-EAP is looking for a policy analyst to provide evidence-based research on the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) initiative, and provide expert assistance to the Commission on Audit (COA) and ANSA-EAP in developing policies to institutionalize the CPA in COA. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2013 Terms of Reference can be downloaded at the link....

GPSA 2nd Call for Proposals

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date). Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000. Requests for funding below this range...

4Ps, electric coop loans among those cited for...

By Walter I. Balane on November 21 2013 5:50 pm DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – The implementation of the Pangtawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and loans obtained by the electric cooperatives in parts of Mindanao are among those cited by civil society organizations (CSOs) to be subjected to citizen participatory audit (CPA) in an agenda-building...

From Left to Right: Redempto Parafina, Executive Director of ANSA-EAP; Dr. Joyce Cuaresma of UP NCPAG; Chad Osorio of ANSA-EAP; Emy Perez of Ateneo School of Government; Flordeliz Abanto of St. Scholastica’s College Journalism; Jalton Taguibao of UP Pol

Open Contracting PH Pilot Writeshop Launched

In an initiative aiming to link the academe with the government and civil society organizations for social accountability, the "Open Contracting in the Classroom and Beyond" was launched on November 23, 2013. "Open Contracting in the Classroom and Beyond" is a pilot project in Asia which aims to gradually integrate OC awareness in education curricula, and introduces students as citizen...

COA’s award-winning transparency project turns 1

MANILA, Nov 28 -- The Commission on Audit (COA) celebrated today the first anniversary of its Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project, the Commission’s transparency initiative recently awarded as the “Bright Spot” of the 2013 Open Government Partnership Summit in London. In her keynote address, COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan said, “I have always believed...

"DISASTER FUNDS" UNDER AUDIT

Commission on Audit (COA) Associate Commissioner Heidi Mendoza told the Chronicle this week that "Disaster Funds" would be the next COA Program under the so-called "Citizens Participatory Audit" (CPA). CPA means COA will partner with upright citizens to investigate the usage of  lump sums under the "Disaster or Emergency Funds"  to include the Zamboanga, Santi and Vinta typhoons and...

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