More than 100 CSO representatives present in Lima, Peru last February 23 chanted ‘we will not be silenced’ to a defiant EITI Secretariat and EITI Association after the international MSG elections pushed through without quorum and amidst irregularities.
The Philippines received the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Chair Award last February 24, 2015 during the EITI International Conference in Lima, Peru. The EITI cited the Philippines for its impact in assessing and identifying needed policy reforms in the natural resource governance sector of the country. The award was received by Sec. Cesar Purisima of the Department of Finance.
Cielo Magno elected to international EITI MSG; BK Board Starj Villanueva elected as member of PWYP Global Council
BK National Coordinator Cielo Magno and BK Board Member Starjoan Villanueva were elected to international bodies during the recently held EITI Global Conference and Publish What You Pay General Assembly, respectively, last February 2016 in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Cielo Magno will sit as CSO representative to the international EITI multi-stakeholder group after serving as PWYP Global Council member. She will serve a 3-year term. Though met with protests from CSO representatives during the EITI Association Members Meeting last February 23, the election was later upheld by members of the EITI Association. The protest was sparked by the EITI Secretariat’s acceptance of CSO nominees without following due process.
Ms. Starj Villanueva, on the other hand, also won a seat at the PWYP Global Council during the regional caucus held last February 22. She will serve a 3-year term and will represent coalitions based in the Asia Pacific. The Asia Pacific coalitions currently includes PWYP Indonesia, PWYP Australia, and Bantay Kita – PWYP Philippines.
Both will still serve their currently held positions at Bantay Kita and in the Philippine EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group.
CSO representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao recently met and brainstormed action plans in the recently held Bantay Kita CSO National Conference held at the Manila Hotel last February 17-18. More than 100 participants attended the said event which was held after the Philippine EITI launched the second report.
Mining operations scored low in terms of transparency according to the Mining Transparency Index (MTI) initiated by Bantay Kita (BK)
QUEZON CITY, 5 February 2016-- Today, a coalition made up of over 40 national and local organizations launched the Green Thumb Coalition and challenged 2016 presidential candidates to put socio-environmental issues at the heart of their electoral platforms.