PH transparency project shortlisted for Bright Spots awards
MANILA, Philippines – A transparency joint project of the Commission on Audit (COA) and non-profit group ANSA-EAP was shortlisted for the Bright Spots award, which recognizes initiatives that show how governments in Open Government Partnership countries are changing lives.
The Philippines’ Citizen Participatory Audit is a key reform initiative of the COA which explores ways for citizens to be directly involved in auditing for government projects.
It also aims to increase awareness that a vigilant public promotes greater accountability in government.
“The nominated project from the Philippines, the Citizen Participatory Audit, supports the principles of the Open Government Partnership. I hope that these ‘bright spots’ will inspire governments to take action and gain even more momentum for the global transparency movement. The Philippine government is currently dealing with such challenges and this is one example of commitment to greater transparency,” said British Ambassador Designate Asif Ahmad.
Aside from the Philippine project, also vying for the Bright Spots award are projects from Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro, and Romania.
Among the projects include a mobile app which allows user to report problems in their communities; an online portal for complaints about public services; and a tool to channel public input on the legislative agenda.
The “Bright Spot” will be announced at the Open Government Partnership summit in London on October 31-November 1.