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CCAGG shares best practices on anti-corruption in Cambodia

BANGUED, Abra (9 October) -- The Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG), a non-government organization accredited as a government-monitoring arm for its programs and projects as well as electoral exercises, was recently invited to Cambodia to share its best practices on anti-graft and corruption.

The conference-workshop entitled "Monitoring Local Government Spending" was held on September 26 - 30, 2006 in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. It was attended by representatives from 25 NGOs and the staff of Pact Cambodia, an international funding institution based in the United States which also served as the primary funding institution of the said conference.

Ms. Paz Ayunon-Bumogas and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Director Myrna Caoagas, both original members of the CCAGG, were the paper discussants. The topics presented included the Budget Formulation, Use and Monitoring; Ethics in Government which dealt with the conflict of interests among bureaucrats; Community Organizing which is a tool for social mobilization and monitoring of projects; and Orientation and Overview on Monitoring.

In an interview with Bumogas, Cambodia is in a state of development as it had been ruled by communism in the past. The people there are fearful that they find it difficult to even just raise a comment to their government. But they feel the need to watch their government spend their funds to ensure development really goes down to the grassroots level.

With the sharing of the CCAGG in its corruption monitoring, the Cambodians hope to follow the footsteps of the Philippines in its effort to establish a graft-and corrupt-free society.

This invitation indicates the growing trust and confidence of the international community in the determination of the Philippine Republic to curb graft and corruption. It must be noted that the CCAGG had been to many countries in Europe, the US, and Asian like Thailand, Jakarta, Korea among others primarily to respond to invitations for them to share their corruption monitoring activities in the province of Abra.

The CCAGG is now a partner to various national government agencies in fighting graft and corruption. These include the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, the Commission on Audit, the Ombudsman, and various private NGO networks in the national level. (MTBB/PIA-Abra) [top]

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