Philippines wins Bright Spots Award at the OGP Summit 2013

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. The Philippines is the first recipient of the Bright Spots Award at this year's Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit held on October 31 to November 1, 2013. The country bested six other countries (Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro and Romania) that also showcased transparency projects geared toward improving government efficiency and accountability.

The Philippine entry for the Bright Spots Award is the Commission on Audit's Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project. Launched on November 26, 2012, the CPA Project aims to increase awareness and government transparency through citizen involvement in the audit process. It is a constructive and collaborative partnership between the government and citizens through civil society organizations (CSOs).

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News from the United Kingdom: COA Citizen Participatory Audit nominated to “Bright Spots” prize

The Commission on Audit’s Citizen Participatory Audit, a priority project initiated by Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, was nominated for the “Bright Spots” prize of the Open Government Partnership. The other shortlisted projects came from Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro and Romania. For more details, read the news released by the Cabinet Office Press Office, Whitehall London.

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Statement on Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)

In response to the letter request of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, I am now looking into the releases under the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) to legislators, and the projects for which their DAP allocations were spent.

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Statement on Reported Shooting Incident
The reported shooting incident in the Commission on Audit (COA) premises this morning is currently under investigation by the Police. We do not wish to preempt the investigation, so let us wait for the results. In any case, we will not allow this incident to cow us into silence nor deter us from faithfully discharging our constitutional duty. We owe this to God and the Filipino people. Please pray for the safety of every man and woman in the Commission, and for continued courage and integrity. Maraming salamat po sa inyong mga panalangin at suporta.
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