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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. 


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.

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26 May 2021
CYAN, SCAP, Bukluran UP System and G-Watch conduct an education governance forum

The Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN), Government Watch (G-Watch), the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP), and Bukluran UP System held a forum on education governance on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Attended by more than 800 online participants from all over the country, the forum highlighted the importance of strengthening transparency, participation and accountability (TPA) in education governance especially as the country adapts to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.


27 April 2021
G-Watch and Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN) conduct a Social Accountability and Vertical Integration Training

G-Watch is conducting a blended (online-offline) three-session training on social accountability and vertical integration for the MultiplY-Ed Project spearheaded by the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN) and supported by the Education Out Loud program of the Global Partnership for Education.


16 December 2020
G-WATCH and Partner IWAG Hold Dialogue to Mark International Anti-Corruption Day

Government Watch (G-Watch) and its partner-organization, Integrity Watch for Accountable Governance (IWAG), marked International Anti-Corruption Day by holding a consultative dialogue last December 9, 2020 in the town of Sibagat in the province of Agusan del Sur.


8 July 2020
Time to Account the COVID-19 Response and Chart a Citizen-Centered ‘New Normal’

G-Watch is currently monitoring citizen entitlements under the government’s COVID-19 with focus on the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and health care services.


6 April 2020
Guide to Citizen Entitlements During the COVID-19 Crisis

Crisis situation worsens corruption and abuse of power. This in turn makes it harder for societies to respond and recover from disaster in a way that takes care of the victims and most vulnerable who suffer most.

COVID-19 hit the Philippines like no other disaster before. It is an enemy that is unseen, yet the devastation it is causing affects all.


16 August 2019
Calling on NYC, DILG, DBM, COA, CHED and DepEd to Advance the Full Implementation of the SK Reform Law

Three years after the passage of the SK Reform Law in 2016, the law has not been fully implemented. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) lacks implementation details and SKs and stakeholders have yet to be oriented on it. Most SKs have yet to comply with the requirements for them to receive and utilize their budget. There is confusion among SKs, local government officials and national government agencies on mandates vis-à-vis the SK Reform Law implementation. The status of the SK budget is unclear and the trainings conducted have been lacking in substance and form.


11 June 2019
Support the SKs to Access and Use their Budget to Serve the Youth

To date, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SKs) have yet to receive their budget over a year already since they got elected.

Upon the request of the SKs that Government Watch (G-Watch) are engaging in Empowering Youth to Lead Accountability (EYLA), G-Watch has sent a letter on March 28, 2019 to concerned agencies, namely:

- Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
- Commission on Audit (COA)
- National Youth Commission (NYC)

The letter says this:


6 May 2019
Enabling G-Watch Monitoring in BARMM -Soft Launch and Briefing-Orientation of Volunteer-Monitors

G-Watch is exploring to set up a multi-sectoral and multi-level citizen monitoring of key government programs and services in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) learning from the three-decade old experience and knowledge of G-Watch adapted and customized in the unique context of BARMM.

On April 20-22, G-Watch conducted a soft launch of the initiative ‘Enabling G-Watch Monitoring in BARMM’ and briefing-orientation of volunteer-monitors from Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.


12 March 2019
Planting the Seed of Accountability in Muslim Mindanao

By Francis Isaac

We were in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the afternoon of 10 March 2018, where Joy gave a presentation on the concept of accountability to more than 100 Moro youth leaders of the Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM).

It was an uneventful 30-minute drive from Cotabato City; and after passing through a checkpoint manned by combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we entered a compound where we were greeted by members of CMYM.


18 February 2019
G-Watch Citizen Action for Health Accountability in Tobacco Control

G-Watch is taking part in a new undertaking that holds government to account in protecting public’s right to health that is endangered by interference by powerful private corporate actors in health-related policies and in public conscientization. The specific private corporate interest we look into are the powerful tobacco industry players whose strong and innovative lobbying work compromise public health.

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