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4 - 6 October 2017
G-Watch Briefing-Orientation: Basic Citizen Action for Accountability Training for New G-Watch Cadre Recruits and Pilot Run of Community Development Fund Budget Tracking
Puerto Princesa City

On October 4-6, 2017 in Puerto Princesa City, a number of new potential cadre recruits will undergo the G-Watch's Citizen Action for Accountability Training that the G-Watch Center is currently developing. Part of the training is the pilot run of a budget tracking of the Community Development Fund (CDF) of barangays deemed critical to be engaged by the Community-Based Sustainable Tourism (BSCT) leaders, who are the lead constituencies of G-Watch-Puerto Princesa.


17 August 2017
MAVC - G-Watch Forum-Workshop on Doing Citizen Engagement Differently: What did we learn and how do we sustain it?
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The Philippines is home to some of the known approaches and innovation on Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA). It has received numerous international recognitions for its TPA work; and some of its leaders are known international actors in the TPA field. 


8 May - 24 July 2017
G-Watch Learning-Reflection Workshop Series: What happened to the reforms?
Sibagat, Agusan Del Sur (May 8), Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte (May 11), Tagbilaran City, Bohol (May 17), Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (May 24), Tacloban City (July 21), Maasin City, Southern Leyte (July 24)

What transpired in the country's politics in the last months requires deep reflection and introspection on what have governance reforms achieved and not achieved, its unintended consequences and the possible ill-effects of how it was popularized and practiced under the previous administration.


18 July 2017
MAVC Research Grantees Meeting
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

G-Watch convened the research grantees of the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) to learn from each other's work, explore plans for research uptake, and think through the questions of sustainability of the gains of citizen engagement. 


17 July 2017
Education CSOs RTD with World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

G-Watch convened civil society organizations working on education for a round-table discussion with the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (WB IEG) to discuss the current state of Philippine education, particularly focusing on citizen engagement in education governance. The discussion served as inputs to the evaluation being conducted by the World Bank on two completed projects with the Department of Education - the National Program Support for Basic Education, and Support for Basic Education Sector project. 


13 June 2017
Vertically Integrated Civil Society Initiatives in the Philippines: a roundtable discussion
Jimmy & Tang's Restaurant, M.T. Villanueva Ave., Naga City

The RTD will reflect on how civil society action can promote more sustainable change. The presentation of a recent Government Watch (G-Watch)/Making All Voices Count (MAVC) study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016) will help to jumpstart the conversation on vertical integration. These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government.


3 April 2017
Citizen Engagement Technologies (CET): Data, tools and technologies for whom and what
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

The RTD specifically targets to convene developers and users of CETs and key Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA) CSOs to discuss (1) the objectives or desired impact of CETs, (2) the state of use/ uptake, (3) factors that affected use/ uptake (or non-use/ non-uptake), (4) key issues and challenges.


30 March 2017
Citizen Engagement Technologies (CET): Data, tools and technologies for whom and what
Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The RTD specifically targets to convene developers and users of CETs and key Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA) CSOs to discuss (1) the objectives or desired impact of CETs, (2) the state of use/ uptake, (3) factors that affected use/ uptake (or non-use/ non-uptake), (4) key issues and challenges.


24 - 25 February 2017
G-Watch Reboot National Meeting
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

30 leaders from 10 G-Watch sites (9 regions) all over the country gathered to discuss the reboot process G-Watch will go through as it spins-off as an independent social accountability action research civil society organization.


23 February 2017
Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

G-Watch convened more than 50 participants coming from civil society organizations (both national and local, including those from the eight local sites of G-Watch), academe, and government (current and former), in a round table discussion on the challenges and prospects of open government in the Philippines.

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6 May 2017
PODER, G-Watch delve on political dynasty in forum

The Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) and Government Watch (G-Watch) of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), in collaboration with Ateneo de Naga, Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) and Jesse M. Robredo Center for Good Governance (JMR Center), recently spearheaded the forum on the "Ill-Effects of Dynastic Politics and the Imperative of Political and Electoral Reforms as a Campaign Issue".


2 February 2017
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political Leaders Caucus Meeting 2017 for Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)

30 mid-level leaders in politics/governance from participating KASYP countries in South and South East Asia met from 2nd to 4th February to launch a new initiative called the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political (KASYP) Leaders Caucus.


14 October 2016
#NotOnMyWatch Cebu: Improper use of time, money is corruption

Local leaders and public officials ask Cebuanos to be more proactive in fighting corruption


27 June 2016
Australian Embassy cites Ateneo’s G-Watch program

Government Watch (G-Watch), a program of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), was recognized by the Australian Embassy’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for its contribution in improving the financial management system of civil service in the Philippines.


23 May 2016
Southern Leyte candidates promise agriculture, fisheries reforms

In a local forum, Liberal Party bets, mainly members of the influential Mercado clan, and candidates from United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) trade barbs and talk platforms.


13 April 2016
Delivering educational textbooks to schools in the Philippines: Textbook Count 1-2-3

In the 1990s, the Philippines government was corrupt, and the Department of Education among the worst offenders. In high schools, the shortage of textbooks was so great that eight children had to share a single copy. After Congress passed the Government Procurement Reform Act, the education department set to work to provide the right number of high-quality textbooks to the nation’s schools. A crucial aspect was mobilising civil society NGOs to check that suppliers were delivering what they promised, a key monitoring initiative being Textbook 1-2-3.


19 March 2016
Cebu congressional bets bare platforms, stances on key issues

Local candidates present their programs on agriculture and fisheries development, bottom-up budgeting, conditional cash transfer, electoral reforms, and youth empowerment


12 February 2016
Civil society gets involved in monitoring DepED’s expenditure programs

PFMP’s technical assistance encourages transparency in government’s procurement process


21 January 2016
ASoG governance forum

DAVAO CITY — The Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) and Government Watch-Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) is holding a forum entitled “Deepening Citizen Participation in Politics and Governance Beyond 2016” on January 26, 2016, 12nn-3pm at Xavier hall, Ateneo de Davao Community Center of the First Companion, Davao City.


19 January 2016
Participatory monitoring, Philippines

This case study pertains to an assessment conducted by the Basel Institute on Governance, in collaboration with UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN), of a social accountability monitoring project in the municipality of San Miguel, Bohol in the Philippines. The aforementioned project, called Bayaniham Undertaking Living in a Healthy and Organised Neighborhood or BULHON sa Panguma (BULHON), involves the monitoring of agricultural subsidies and was developed and implemented by the Government Watch (G-Watch) programme of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila. 

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