PH-EITI caps off LGU Roadshow
The Philippine EITI closed the last leg of its local government unit (LGU) Roadshow at Hotel Jen Manila last August 19, 2015 with over 100 participants from civil society, government, and industry.
The event served as an opportunity for the stakeholders to come together and discuss the findings of the first Philippine report submitted to the International EITI. The Manila Roadshow invited participants from the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 3, Region 4, and Region 5 making it the biggest delegation for the 5-leg roadshow.
Some of the issues raised were on the clarification of boundaries of mining sites particularly those that cross more than one jurisdiction. The issue was raised by the governor of the Nueva Vizcaya, as this overlap has implications on the LGU mining revenue-sharing scheme.
As with the earlier roadshows, a Bantay Kita resource person served as a panelist. BK Board Member Allan Barnacha represented the coalition. In a breakout session, Mr. Barnacha discussed subnational EITI implementation.
The Davao leg was held on August 2, 2015 at Waterfront Hotel, with over 50 participants from Davao, Compostela Valley, Zamboanga del Norte and Tawi-tawi in attendance. Attendees from Indigenous people groups raised issues on granting of free, prior informed consent (FPIC) before mining operations commence. Ms. Starjoan Villanueva, also a BK Board Member, delivered a talk on subnational EITI and closed the ceremonies.
The PH EITI roadshow served as a platform for the Secretariat as well as other stakeholders to further the achievements of the first country report to the next report. Through open discussions the stakeholders were able to raise issues and offer solutions.
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