Last October 27, Bantay Kita presented the experience of the Philippines with the implementation of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in a session organized by PWYP Indonesia held in Mexico.
This article originally appeared on 21 October 2015 on the website of the Cabinet Cluster on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption. See the original article here.
According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, “Transparency and Accountability are two of the central pillars of good governance. Transparency is … a necessary precondition for the exercise of accountability since without access to clear, accurate and up-to-date information, it is impossible to judge whether the standard promised has been met.” Through its participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI), the Philippine Government expresses its adherence to transparency. The OGP seeks to demonstrate its support for transparency, citizen empowerment and anti-corruption measures through concrete actions. It provides a platform for like-minded groups to push for greater transparency and accountability, and a portal to access information. OGP also fosters meaningful dialogue amongst stakeholders. EITI is the transparent management of revenues from oil, gas, and mining activities. The implementation of EITI is a Philippine OGP commitment.
BK participates in PH-OGP Workshop, commits to transparency and accountability in extractive industry
Bantay Kita, represented by its Program Manager Ms. Tina Pimentel, participated in the Third Quarter Assessment Workshop on the Governance Cluster and Philippine Open Government Partnership Initiatives held last October 21 at the Department of Budget and Management office.
National Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Seminar-Workshop on Mining and Community Development was held on October 8, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Ortigas Center Pasig City.
Bantay Kita, a staunch advocate of fiscal reforms in the extractive industry, presented on fiscal incentives that mining companies enjoy under the current fiscal regime in an ASEAN forum held in Jakarta, Indonesia last October 5-7.