Philippine Parliamentarians Discuss
Accountability of Aid at CALD Conference in Cambodia
|From Left: CALD Exec. Director
John Coronel, Representative Dr. Nereus Acosta, FNF's Treasurer
Manfred Richter, Resident Representative Dr. Ronald Meinardus,
Representative Joseph Abaya and Representative Dr. Manuel
Parliamentarians, civil society leaders, members of the academe
and journalists met with high level representatives of aid donors
in Siem Reap, Cambodia from April 26to 29 to discuss "Public
Accountability in Official Development Assistance (ODA)."
The three day event was organized by The Council
of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
in cooperation with
the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), Cambodia’s main opposition party.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation sponsored the event.
Some 50 parliamentarians and other political leaders from 12 countries
in the region and Europe engaged in discussions on the
various issues related to international development assistance;
the speakers presented good practices and provided practical suggestions
aimed at increasing accountability
The Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP), who currently holds
the chair of CALD, was represented by a parliamentary delegation
headed by LP and also CALD Secretary General Nereus Acosta Ph.D.
Joining him were LP Congressmen Manuel Mamba Ph.D., Rodolfo Bacani,
Hermilando Mandanas and Joseph Emilio Abaya.
Participants agreed that better information and more transparency
are prerequisites for public accountability and thus a powerful
tool to counter corruption: “Openness is the best
enemy of corruption,”
said Geert van der Linden,
vice president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Manila, a major
donor in the region. Presenting the Philippine perspective as
a major recipient of international assistance was Rolando Tungpalan,
assistant director general for programming at the National Economic
Development Authority (NEDA).
CALD is the main regional partner of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.