Browse our documents and publications covering G-Watch Monitoring Manuals, Governance Reform Studies, Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) Publications, and Vertical Integration Research.

BAGSAK! A Comprehensive Review of Independent Performance Assessments on the Philippine Government’s COVID-19 Response

We looked at all readily-accessible independent assessments done on the response of the Duterte administration to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with G-Watch’s monitoring reports on the social amelioration program, vaccination and citizen health entitlements.

The general mark given by the 49 reports reviewed in this paper on the Duterte administration’s COVID-19 response is: ‘Bagsak.’


Multiply-Ed Special Monitoring of DepEd’s Pilot Run of Face-to-Face Classes: A Report

Multiply-Ed or X-Ed is a project of the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN) ( and Government Watch (G-Watch) ( that aims to set up a youth- led, multi-sectoral, and multi-level monitoring of education in the time of COVID-19.


Citizens Reclaiming the Politics of Reform by Making Elections an Accountability Platform

G-Watch’s Making Elections an Accountability Platform (MEAP) aims to enable the accountability function of the electoral exercise, crucial in today’s context to avert democratic rollback and reclaim the politics of reform. This narrative report details the key accountability messages obtained from the participants of the citizenship education sessions.


Toward an ‘Ecosystemic’ Approach to Voters’ Education

This paper, the 7th issue of TPA Now!, examines the dilemma in the Philippines of having prevalent voters’ education efforts, on one hand and persisting flawed electoral culture, on the other hand. It does so by reviewing the approaches adopted by previous voters’ education campaigns to offer a possible alternative approach, an ‘ecosystemic approach,’ that could better empower Filipino voters by turning elections into an accountability platform.


TPA Now - Monitoring the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer: Gains, Lessons, and Ways Forward

This 6th issue of TPA Now shares an original first-hand account of a citizen monitoring initiative covering the biggest poverty reduction program in the Philippines, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the lessons that can be learned from the initiative by practitioners, researchers and donors supporting social accountability.


Have loans helped the citizen engagement and accountability mechanisms in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

This paper presents the findings of G-Watch monitoring on whether and how citizen engagement and accountability mechanisms of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) have remained active despite the pandemic. The research involved reviewing relevant loan documents with the World Bank to establish whether loans entered into by the government for 4Ps included prescribed citizen engagement and accountability mechanisms.


G-Watch Report on the State of Vaccination in the Philippines

This report presents G-Watch’s multi-level scanning of the state of implementation of the government’s COVID -19 vaccination program at the national and local levels within the first few months of the rollout. While there have been status reports of aggregated data at the national level, there has been a gap of consolidated independent information on what is happening in the vaccination efforts on the ground.


G-Watch Monitoring of Social Assistance in Lanao del Sur: A Report on Field Validation Findings

This report presents the findings of G-Watch independent validation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) specifically in four (4) barangays of Marawi City and 1 barangay of Maguing, Lanao del Sur. Conducted in May to July 2020, the result of the field survey by accountability frontliners of G-Watch Marawi showed key gaps and challenges in the delivery of social assistance in Lanao del Sur. Non-compliance to standards were persistent, specifically the mandated process of filling-up the social amelioration card and the expected time the cash assistance was to be received.


The Kids are Alright: 'Youth-Led' Initiatives on COVID-19

This TPA Now paper, the 5th in the series, answers what “youth-led” means based on existing literature and insights from G-Watch youth organizing work. It examines whether the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been truly youth-led and indicative of reform gains from the SK Reform Law.


COVID-19 Citizen Entitlements Map 2.0: What citizens are entitled to in the government’s vaccination program

This COVID-19 Citizen Entitlement Map 2.0 (C-CEM 2.0) lists the key citizen entitlements in the vaccination program of the government and the responsible agencies for each entitlement. A space is also provided for those who intend to use the map as a tool.