Bantay Kita (BK) co-organized a two-day capacity building program for civil society organizations (CSOs) based in Visayas on how they can effectively engage in the Open Government Partnership implementation last July 11-12 at Cebu City.
BK partnered with IncitiveGov, Action for Economic Reforms, and USAID in organizing the said event.
On the first day, BK presented on matters relevant to the extractive industries such as its on-going mining tax reforms advocacy by Marco Zaplan; the Mining Development Framework by Tina Pimentel; Public Fiscal Management and Governance in the Extractive Industries by Gina Tumlos; and BK's Subnational Transparency and Accountability Framework by Carlos Tulali.
BK also organized an open data workshop on the second day where it soft-launched its data portal called Demanding Action, Transparency and Accountability (DATA) Portal. The latter part of the workshop saw BK's subnational action planning on CSO participation for Visayas-based CSOs.
The said event was attended by more than one hundred CSO participants twenty of which are members of BK's network.