Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) conducted its second social accountability workshop with representatives from the Miminalo Local Level Government in Eastern Highlands Province last week.
Following an initial workshop on the roles and responsibilities of elected LLG officials, this follow-up workshop aimed at reinforcing social accountability methods and referral pathways for reporting corruption.
TIPNG also invited the Highlands regional office of the Ombudsman Commission to present to the participants the workshop. Presentations covered the following topics on corruption, corruption at the LLG level, reporting corruption to TIPNG and the Ombudsman Commission, civic participation in LLG accountability and drafting social accountability plans for wards.
Through these workshops, TIPNG is pushing for better Local Level Governance through participants putting into practice what learned during the workshops.
Those who participated in the workshop included four ward councilors from Miminalo, the LLG President Mr Kessy Maliwe and LLG Manager Mr Ishmael Sabak. The participants said they now have a better understanding of what corruption is, they are confident of what steps to take to report it and can now see the importance of having a social accountability plan to weed out corruption.
The initial workshop was held in March last year, with others in West New Britain with the Talasea LLG and in Madang Province with the Madang Urban LLG. This year, TIPNG will be conducting similar follow up workshops in these same provinces.