The Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) has finally capped off the EITI Local Government Unit (LGU) roadshow after bringing the program to Palawan (September 14-15), the National Capital Region (September 21-22), and Butuan City (September 28-29).
As in previous roadshows in August 2016, the event has brought together stakeholders from civil society, industry, and government - local and national, to discuss pressing issues in the local extractive industries.
Bantay Kita (BK), for its part, helped bring together local CSOs and presented its advocacies to the forum.
BK Board member Atty. Gerthie Mayo-Anda of the Environment Legal Action Center presented the Mining Development Framework (MDF) and sat in the morning panel discussion. BK Board Member Dr. Merian Mani, president of the Marinduque State College, was also present in the event and closed the program.
Mr Jaybee Garganera, BK Board member and National Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina, represented BK in the morning panel discussion of the National Capital Region leg of the roadshow. Marco Zaplan, research and communications officer of BK, presented the MDF in the afternoon. Mr. Zaplan also represented BK in the Butuan-leg of the roadshow.
The inputs from all six roadshows shall be reflected in the next EITI country report.