G-Watch Executive Board and Advisory Board

G-Watch Executive Board and Advisory Board

The G-Watch Center is managed by an Executive Board, which also serves as a collective oversight/ accountability check for the basic organizational and management processes of the G-Watch Center. 

The Advisory Board is composed of representatives from key partners, communities and sites of G-Watch. Its main function is to provide inputs and advice on the strategic direction of the Center and the network. Their oversight/ accountability role vis-a-vis the G-Watch Center shall be in terms of checking the strategic/ long-term goals and priorities of the G-Watch Center and core networks/ communities.

Joy Aceron
Joy Aceron
Convenor-Director/ Strategies and Learning
Core Executive Board

Joy Aceron is the Convenor-Director of G-Watch and concurrently a Research Fellow of Accountability Research Center (ARC) based in the School of International Service at American University. A graduate of the University of the Philippines with bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public policy, Joy has 15 years of experience in citizen monitoring, citizenship education and civil society-government engagement and has published works on civil society participation, political reform and vertically-integrated citizen-led reform campaigns.

 
Rechie Tugawin
Rechie J Tugawin
Monitoring and Training; Advocacy and Communications
Core Executive Board

Rechie started his engagement with G-Watch as a volunteer monitor for Textbook Count in 2005, when he was still a student leader at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has since then become an integral part of the growth of G-Watch, primarily handling the capacity-building and citizen monitoring work of the team. Outside G-Watch, he is also engaged with other organizations working on peace and human rights, and youth advocacy.

 
Marianne Dela Cueva-Camu
Marianne Camu-Dela Cueva
Administration and Finance
Core Executive Board

Marianne is a licensed Social Worker and a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in social work. She has been part of G-Watch since 2010 when it started its localization work. A member of the women's movement as a student, Mars continues to advocate for women empowerment and gender equality as a development worker.

 
Francis Isaac
Research and Knowledge Development
Core Executive Board

Francis is a researcher at Government Watch (G-Watch), who has written a number of studies on Philippine elections, social movements, human rights and agrarian reform. He is also involved with various NGOs and citizens-led reform campaigns in the Philippines. Francis is currently taking his masters in International Studies in De La Salle University in Manila.

 
Danny Carranza
Danny Carranza
National Coordinator, Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services (RIGHTS Network)
Advisory Board

Danny is the National Coordinator of Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services or RIGHTS Network (http://www.rightsnetphils.org). He has written various publications while organizing citizen action on agrarian reform and land rights campaigns, making him a pioneer of action research in Philippine civil society.

 
Analyn Estella
Analyn Estella
Local Coordinator, San Miguel, Bohol
Advisory Board

An LGU official handling gender and civil society engagement programs of San Miguel, Bohol, who led San Miguel, Bohol's advancement in participatory governance and civil society empowerment that won awards on good governance and grants for its social programs.

 
Renne Gumba
Renne Gumba
Naga City
Advisory Board

A social development leader in Naga City who has been active in Bicol civil society since the beginnings of Naga City People's Council (NCPC). He is the Executive Director of Jesse M. Robredo Center for Good Governance, while concurrently the Executive-Legislative Liaison Officer of Naga City LGU and Project Development Officer at the City Mayor's Office, leading the multi-sectoral anti-drug campaign of the city government. Renne formerly taught politics at the Ateneo de Naga University and has been a pioneer member of G-Watch Local Core Group of Naga City.

 
Paul Lopez
Paul Lopez
Local Coordinator, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Advisory Board

A student leader, who has led the engagement of Samal Island's civil society in social accountability and participatory governance that contributed in introducing transparency in environmental users' fee and health governance in Samal Island

 
Amelia Mancera
Amelia Mancera
Local Coordinator, Southern Leyte
Advisory Board

A social entrepreneur and youth leader who has been active in civic and social actions in Southern Leyte, particularly on youth empowerment, social accountability and disaster management, leading the opening up of S. Leyte provincial government's procurement and contract implementation processes

 
Emma Manjares
Emma Manjares
Secretary-General, Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA)
Advisory Board

Emma is the Secretary-General of DAMPA (Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api, or Solidarity of Oppressed Filipino People), a national federation of grassroots organizations. DAMPA aims to contribute viable solutions to basic poverty problems through adequate and affordable housing, provision of basic services, and literacy and livelihood development. Emma is a graduate of Bicol Colleges with a bachelor's degree in commerce. Her experience in community organizing for DAMPA now spans 13 years.

 
Mike Ollave
Mike Ollave
Local Coordinator, Puerto Princesa City
Advisory Board

An environmental activist and community organizer, who has led the mainstreaming of social accountability and citizen monitoring in Puerto Princesa's community-based sustainable tourism and other key social programs

 
Lester Jumjum Ouano
Lester “Jumjum” Ouano
Cebu
Advisory Board

A social development worker and community organizer in Cebu and across Visayas who works for the promotion and protections of children's rights, elimination of child abuse exploitation and human trafficking, and at the same time advocates for youth empowerment, and participation in politics and government. He is also an advocate for the cultural heritage and arts protection and preservation.

 
Salvador Subla
Salvador Subla
Integrity Watch for Accountable Governance (IWAG)
Advisory Board

'Buddy' Subla is the President of Integrity Watch for Accountable Governance (IWAG), a citizen monitoring group based in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. IWAG pioneered water governance monitoring in the country, and through Buddy's leadership, has become a key civil society organization championing accountability in local governance in CARAGA region. Buddy used to be a public school teacher, who decided to embark on CSO good governance work as his way of "giving back to his province and the country.".

 
Mary Cindy Uy
Local Coordinator, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Advisory Board

A well-known CSO leader in Dumaguete City advocating for reproductive health and women empowerment and a former local government official who championed participatory governance in Negros Region.

 
Glenford Leonillo
Glenford Leonillo
Non-Operations Executive Board

A top-rated online freelancer who specialises in virtual office administration, systems automation, database management, digital marketing and web design. He worked as G-Watch's Programme Officer from 2008-2012 and was part of the team that started its localisation efforts. He is currently working on a project that aims to provide part-time online work opportunities for self-supporting students.

 
Philip Don Recentes
Philip Don Recentes
Non-Operations Executive Board

A young lawyer who is applying his advocacy for transparency, accountability and human rights in the private sector. He worked as G-Watch Project Officer from 2010 to 2012 and was part of the team that initiated the application of social accountability in human rights monitoring in partnership with the Commission of Human Rights. Some of the projects he worked with as G-Watch Project Officer include Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) Vote Watch and Internaly Displaced Persons (IDP) Rights Watch.

 
Victor Ma. Regis Vico Sotto
Victor Ma. Regis "Vico" Sotto
Non-Operations Executive Board

A champion of good governance and people empowerment, Vico is currently serving as a councilor of the highly urbanized city of Pasig. He briefly worked as a project associate under G-Watch before running for office in 2016. As a city legislator, he has successfully worked for the passage of an ordinance prescribing the city's process for the accreditation of civil society organizations and their selection to the local special bodies, and continues to advocate for the institutionalization of transparency, participation, and accountability measures in governance.

 

Key Components of the G-Watch Center's Work

Strategies and Learning

G-Watch advances strategic citizen action through participatory learning and the synergy of research and practice. It employs an eco-systemic, integrated and holistic view of accountability, aims to scale accountability through multi-level action and coalition-building and engages the agenda-setting of different policy and development actors.

Monitoring and Training

G-Watch supports citizen monitoring of government performance and resource allocation and utilization, looking at innovative and principled ways to sustain and scale citizen initiatives that work.

Advocacy and Communications

G-Watch ensures uptake of research and monitoring findings by publicizing its work and call to action to galvanize public support and by deliberately seeking response and action of government and duty-bearers. It takes advantage of the advent of information communication technology (ICT) to reach out to a broader audience and for more efficient organizing.

Research and Knowledge Development 

G-Watch supports the 'democratization' of knowledge development by amplifying the voice of TPA actors and practitioners in knowledge production and outputs and by raising the voice of the Global South in knowledge agenda-setting on TPA. It also aims to continue conducting research and producing knowledge outputs that are relevant and useful to policy actors.

Administration and Finance

G-Watch's central administration is guided by principles of efficiency and responsiveness that is founded on trust and solidarity balanced by results-oriented accountability.