I enjoyed this day. Hearing the word "data" many times thrilled my bones to the core.
I joined Bantay Kita in 2015. In a span of two years, a lot has transpired. The Philippines has published three reports covering three fiscal years. EITI participation among mining contractors is now mandatory. The Executive Branch has recently released a Freedom of Information policy and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources complied. More and more data, documents, platforms, and initiatives are popping left and right.
Internationally, there's the mandatory disclosures in the EU and the ESTMA in Canada.
Transparency in the extractives is gaining traction by the day. But countries can be transparent and yet still restrict civic space and stifle accountability. Finding out irregularities or corruption is useless if perpetrators get away with it. Transparency is sexy but accountability and reforms make the difference.