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27 - 30 November 2019
G-Watch 2019 National Meeting and Learning Exchange
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

On November 27-30, G-Watch will be holding in Ortigas, Pasig its 2019 National Meeting and Learning Exchange to be attended by its leaders and partners all over the country. 

The 2019 G-Watch Learning Exchange will delve on the agenda of how government can best enable citizen action for accountability. 


8 May 2019
State of Accountability in Governance: G-Watch Local Discussion Series 2019
Dumaguete | Cotabato | Puerto Princesa | Bacolod | Agusan | Cebu | Naga

Health | social protection | infrastructure | BARMM

Citizen monitoring | budget accountability | participatory budgeting | civil society oversight | strengthening state accountability institutions and mechanisms


1 March 2019
Empowering Youth to Lead Accountability: What does it Take Today?
Astoria Plaza, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Accountability is the process by which those in power are made (1) to answer for their decisions, actions and inaction, (2) to perform their obligations and mandates set in laws and norms (3) to respond to citizen demands and voice. 

What does it take for Filipino youth to take the lead on accountability in the Philippines today? 


2 - 24 February 2019
Empowering Youth in Leading Accountability - Briefing & Orientation Series
Island Garden City of Samal (February 2-3), Quezon City (February 9-10), Maasin City (February 23-24)

What does it take for Filipino youth to take the lead on accountability in the Philippines today? 

Young Filipinos have always had the historical role of being the “hope of the motherland” having led the biggest movements that made the difference in the country: the fight for independent, anti-Martial Law struggle and unseating of a corrupt president. 


21 September 2018
G-Watch Dialogue on Community-Based Sustainable Tourism (CBST)
New Green City Hall, Puerto Princesa City

Government Watch (G-Watch) is formerly a social accountability program of a university founded in 2000 that is currently rebooting, in transition to being an independent national action research organization embedded in constituencies of civic and advocacy-oriented organizations all over the Philippines aiming to contribute in the deepening of democracy through the scaling of accountability and citizen empowerment. 


10 September 2018
Learning Exchange: Accountability in Disaster Rehabilitation, Land Rights and Housing
University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College

The 2012 World Risk report ranked the Philippines third out of 173 countries in terms of disaster risk. It has ranked 4thin the 2016 Germanwatch Climate Risk Index Report and 1stin 2013 after typhoon Yolanda – the strongest storm to make landfall in recent history – hit the country. The country is prone to multiple recurring hazards such as cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and landslides. Already today, 20 typhoons at least hit the Philippines every year.


23 - 26 May 2018
2018 G-Watch National Meeting and Learning Exchange
Best Western Plus Lex, Cebu City

G-Watch will be holding its National Meeting and Learning Exchange in Cebu City. The said event will bring together key leaders of G-Watch sites/ hubs and partners all over the country for an annual updating and strategizing, as well as key ally civil society organizations and government offices for learning exchanges. 

This year's edition of the annual event hopes to achieve the following:


14 February 2018
G-WATCH AWARENESS-RAISING CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF: Ako, Ikaw, Tayo May Pananagutan 2018
Manila; Naga City; Puerto Princesa City, Dumaguete City; San Miguel, Bohol; Tacloban City, Southern Leyte; Cebu; Bacolod City; Island Garden City of Samal

Simultaneous activities (forum, radio-hopping, exhibit, fund-raising, concert, pageant, sportsfest) in different sites of G-Watch all over the country that will create awareness on the importance of transparency, participation and accountability, especially given today’s context. The events will also kick off the various monitoring initiatives of G-Watch in different localities and it action research on key poverty reduction programs.

Why is G-Watch conducting an Awareness-Raising Campaign? 


14 February 2018
WATCHDOGS: We are needed more than ever (Ikaw, Ako, Tayo May Pananagutan 2018 - Manila leg)
Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

 

Ako, Ikaw, Tayo May Pananagutan 2018
G-Watch's Awareness-Raising Activity

Government Watch (G-Watch) has been one of the pioneers of citizens' monitoring of government performance, acting as an independent watchdog to hold government to account and improve governance. We have monitored procurements as well as several key service delivery and programs on education, health, social services, infrastructure, to name a few. 


12 October 2017
G-Watch-OGP IRM Roundtable Discussion: "Did it Open Government?"
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The roundtable discussion is a space for stakeholders and actors of open government in the Philippines to reflect and discuss the impact and lessons of the Philippine experience on key open government reforms in recent years, especially in light of political transition.

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16 August 2019
Calling on NYC, DILG, DBM, COA, CHED and DepEd to Advance the Full Implementation of the SK Reform Law

Three years after the passage of the SK Reform Law in 2016, the law has not been fully implemented. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) lacks implementation details and SKs and stakeholders have yet to be oriented on it. Most SKs have yet to comply with the requirements for them to receive and utilize their budget. There is confusion among SKs, local government officials and national government agencies on mandates vis-à-vis the SK Reform Law implementation. The status of the SK budget is unclear and the trainings conducted have been lacking in substance and form.


11 June 2019
Support the SKs to Access and Use their Budget to Serve the Youth

To date, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SKs) have yet to receive their budget over a year already since they got elected.

Upon the request of the SKs that Government Watch (G-Watch) are engaging in Empowering Youth to Lead Accountability (EYLA), G-Watch has sent a letter on March 28, 2019 to concerned agencies, namely:

- Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
- Commission on Audit (COA)
- National Youth Commission (NYC)

The letter says this:


6 May 2019
Enabling G-Watch Monitoring in BARMM -Soft Launch and Briefing-Orientation of Volunteer-Monitors

G-Watch is exploring to set up a multi-sectoral and multi-level citizen monitoring of key government programs and services in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) learning from the three-decade old experience and knowledge of G-Watch adapted and customized in the unique context of BARMM.

On April 20-22, G-Watch conducted a soft launch of the initiative ‘Enabling G-Watch Monitoring in BARMM’ and briefing-orientation of volunteer-monitors from Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.


12 March 2019
Planting the Seed of Accountability in Muslim Mindanao

By Francis Isaac

We were in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the afternoon of 10 March 2018, where Joy gave a presentation on the concept of accountability to more than 100 Moro youth leaders of the Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM).

It was an uneventful 30-minute drive from Cotabato City; and after passing through a checkpoint manned by combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we entered a compound where we were greeted by members of CMYM.


18 February 2019
G-Watch Citizen Action for Health Accountability in Tobacco Control

G-Watch is taking part in a new undertaking that holds government to account in protecting public’s right to health that is endangered by interference by powerful private corporate actors in health-related policies and in public conscientization. The specific private corporate interest we look into are the powerful tobacco industry players whose strong and innovative lobbying work compromise public health.


12 December 2018
G-Watch’s Multi-Level Involvement in International Anti-Corruption Day  

G-Watch has reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against corruption by engaging in various activities at different levels to advance G-Watch’s anti-corruption agenda and approach. Central to this approach is the engagement of citizens and the use of multiple approaches and actions at various levels to hold power accountable.


25 October 2018
G-Watch at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Government Watch (G-Watch) Director-Convenor Joy Aceron attended the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference on 22-24 October 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she spoke in two panels, Public Sector Excellence and Preventing Corruption, and Trends and Strategies to Protect and Reclaim Civic Space. 


28 May 2018
The new G-Watch launches its first book and logo

Within one year since its official spin-off into an independent national action-research organization, G-Watch soft-launched its first full book, and its new logo to go with its rebranding efforts. The said unveiling was made on May 24 in the presence of leaders of G-Watch local sites, civil society and government partners, and its Advisory Board, who were gathered in Cebu City for the 2018 National Meeting and Learning Exchange. 


13 December 2017
Snap Interview #GPSAForum2017 with Joy Aceron

G-Watch Director-Convenor, Joy Aceron, on the importance of open, accountable, and inclusive societies in addressing violence and conflict in fragility. Snap interview during the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Global Partners Forum 2017 in November 2017 in Washington, DC. 

Snap Interview #GPSAForum 2017: Joy Aceron, Convenor-Director of G-Watch from theGPSA_org on Vimeo.


13 December 2017
Is Technology Transforming Social Accountability?

By Aga Khan Foundation (Originally posted on www.thegpsa.org)

At the recent Global Partners Forum 2017 in Washington, DC, civil society groups gathered to review the field of social accountability. In a session titled Civic Tech: Is Technology Transforming Social Accountability? a panel representing experiences from Africa and Asia assessed recent uses of technology to enhance the social accountability of governments to their citizens.

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