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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.


27 - 29 September 2016
G-Watch Consortium for Accountability in Governance Meeting
Club Balai Isable, Talisay, Batangas

Ordinary citizens from all over the country doing extra-ordinary things: convening groups coming from different traditions and political persuasions to discuss and decide on issues of transparency, accountability and reform; linking action and research, theory and practice by taking part in knowledge generation and production grounded from experience and through learning and collective introspection; connecting reform work on governance, elections and institution-building/ policy through action research, citizen monitoring and policy advocacy.


2 - 9 April 2011
G-Watch Constructive Engagement Workshop

The workshop was part of G-Watch's "Training on G-Watch as a Social Accountability Approach" from April 2-9, 2011.  ANSA-EAP was given 2 days for a constructive engagement workshop. The aim of the workshop was to engage participants in the value of social accountability and constructive engagement between government and civil society, and how these are linked to the initiatives of GWatch.  It shall have the following specific objectives:

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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. 


2 November 2015
Textbook Count in the Philippines

In the 1990s, the education sector in the Philippines faced a major crisis. The Department of Education (DepEd) was accused of extensive corruption, in particular in the field of textbooks procurement (according to Philippine law the government is obliged to provide students with free textbooks) (Ramkumar 2010). At least three forms of corruption were suspected: officials were awarding overpriced contracts to unqualified bidders, suppliers were not honoring their contracts (many textbooks remained undelivered even after the government had paid for them), and some vendors were providing books of poor quality (Ramkumar 2010).


4 October 2014
Strategic Dilemmas in Changing Contexts: G-Watch’s Experience in the Philippine Education Sector

On 19 April 2014, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Hivos brought together funders, civil society organizations, and researchers to consider the opportunities and challenges of linking state and civil society efforts towards greater transparency and accountability (T/A). This short think piece (Strategic Dilemmas & Context FG SR) picks up on the conversation to encourage collective thinking, research and action.


1 October 2014
How far can citizen participation in governance go?

'If the mechanism of our government is working towards ensuring transparency and accountability, we might not even have to do what we have been doing as a civil society organization'


13 April 2013
Constructive engagement with government

With four cities and one municipality, the Ateneo School of Government's Government Watch (G-Watch) Pilot Run project (this is the final of seven columns on this project) had the lowest tier of Philippine government covered; the sixth site would cover an equally critical government level, provincial. Provinces, too, receive their own internal revenue allotment from the national budget; they also possess decentralized and delegated powers and responsibilities in their jurisdiction.


5 October 2012
If they win, what should Jinkee, other local officials do?

'We hope that local politicians will not only build constituencies for elections but also constituencies for good governance after elections'

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