Renewed call for transparency in PH gets global attention
by FFE PH News staff
The Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA) has been short-listed by UK-based Open Government Partnership (OGP) for the Bright Spots award.
According to the British Embassy in Manila, Bright Spots recognises ‘the most inspiring examples of how open and accountable government is changing people’s lives.’
Under the spotlight is COA’s Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project, a program that commends government whistle-blowers and lends citizens an active role in pursuing a more transparent government. The CPA is vying for the top prize against other programs in Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro and Romania.
COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan.
COA chair Grace Pulido-Tan said the citation was a ‘pleasant surprise.’
‘I don’t know how we got into the short list and who nominated us but whatever it is, it’s good news for all of us.’
According to British Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Asif Ahmad, the Philippine government is ‘currently dealing with such challenges and this is one example of commitment to greater transparency.’ Started in 2012, the CPA encourages the public to support state audit programs to ‘make government more effective, transparent and accountable.’
The winner will be voted upon during the OGP Summit in London on October 31 and November 1. Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza is set to represent the country in the summit.
OGP was launched in 2011 ‘to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.’ The Philippines is one of its founding states and it has around 60 member countries.