There’s no denying the fact that Filipinos are fond of using social media to share just about anything under the sun. Whether that’s good or not, various groups saw this as an opportunity to finally put Juan’s SNS addiction to good use by turning it as a tool to promote better governance.
CANA or Citizen Action Network for Accountability is a joint project between IWPR (Institute for War and Peace Reporting), CCJD (Centre for Community Journalism and Development), MindaNews and NUJP (National Union of Journalists of the Philippines) which aims to use to social media as a vessel to report current situation in a particular area all throughout the archipelago.
Rorie Fajardo, CANA Project Manager and PHRRP (Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project), further elaborates the crowd-sourced project by saying this in the press release:
“CANA is built on the belief that the more we as ordinary Filipinos can start to understand how local government works, the more we can monitor, engage, shape – and ultimately ensure it is always working for us,”
To maximize the coverage, the team plans to setup not less than 28 local citizen action groups in various locations including remote (and dangerous areas if I may add) areas like Basilan, Maguindanao and Basilan.
The team is also optimistic that these action groups will eventually grow in number as more of our countrymen become aware of how CANA can be used to improve our society. To achieve this, CANA’s site will eventually contain tools/contents that will make its member better understand how they can participate in this advocacy.
KAYO ANG BOSS KO! that’s what our current president said during his inaugural speech some three years ago. But as good as it may sound to some; majority of our fellow countrymen still feels that their struggles remain unheard by the government. Hopefully through this project, it will be easier for the current administration to address the needs of its people.
If you want to take part of this online project you can do so by subscribing to their Facebook page or by heading over to source link below.
Magmulat. Magsama-sama. Makialam.