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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.


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. 

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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.


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.

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