Constructing Philippine Education, One School-Building at a Time: The Bayanihang Eskwela Story

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The Government Watch (G-Watch) of Ateneo School of Government has implemented Bayanihang Eskwela since 2005. The program is a community-based monitoring of the government’s school-building projects that aims to ensure that the right quality of school building projects are implemented at the right time where it is needed most.

The program has mobilized over 700 community-based monitors in its three rounds, who ensured that 133 classrooms amounting to Php 122.8M were constructed according to standards. The program has been officially adopted by the Department of Education (DepEd) as the community-based monitoring component of its school-building program that ensures transparency and accountability in program execution. This social accountability experience generated rich lessons in preventing anomalies and corruption in service delivery, thereby improving effectiveness of services, through citizen engagement in governance.