As part of the CPA’s project objective–to institutionalize citizen participation in the public audit process, models developed in the first phase were scaled up and tested in Palawan to cover a province-wide audit of Farm-to-Market Roads (FMRs).
This pilot introduced the Geotagging as a data gathering tool for CPA. The geotagging is an approach that uses Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Global Positioning System (GPS), mobile applications and web-based mapping to facilitate field data visualization. Geotagging enables its users to record nodes, tracks, waypoints and polygons, as well as capture pictures, that automatically registers the date, time and location (longitude and latitude) of when and where they are taken.
Various local citizen and citizen groups joined this pilot audit, including foundations, umbrella organizations, farmers’ associations, academic institutions and an individual citizen. They were:
- Andres Soriano Foundation, Inc.
- Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.
- Bataraza Municipal Farmers Irrigators and Fisherfolks Association, Inc.
- Butil Marketing Cooperative
- Erlinda Jacinto Goh
- Kulandanum Farmers Association
- Malampaya Pancol Multi-Purpose Cooperative
- Maliit na Magsasaka sa Candayog Multi-Purpose Cooperative
- Palawan NGO Network
- Palawan State University
- Piatan Irrigators Community Association, Inc.
- Pulot 2 Farmers Association
- Pulot Center Farmers Association
- Quezon Seed Producers Association
- Roxas Seed Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
- Western Philippines University
Six (6) audit teams were created for this pilot. As of writing, the team are in the process of drafting their audit reports.