In this interview, Leticia Madriaga discusses her experiences working with the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG), a group set up by citizens to monitor government and public works to deter corruption and ensure accountability. She explains the connection of CCAGG to the Catholic Church of the Philippines, as well as the extent to which students and professors of the Divine Word College of Bangued have been involved in the project. Madriaga recalls the history of the CCAGG as a voluntary organization initiated by concerned citizens and the ways in which it has transformed in Bangued as well as been replicated in other areas of the country. She concludes by commenting that CCAGG could be improved by integrating more influential actors into its programming. She also discusses the sustainability of the group into the future.
At the time of this interview, Leticia Madriaga was the resource director of the Divine Word College of Bangued in the Abra province of the Philippines. Previously, she served as the academic dean of the college, the graduate school dean, and the dean of student affairs. Madriaga was herself an undergraduate at the Divine Word College then received her master’s degree at the University of Southern Philippines and her doctorate at De La Salle University in Manila.