Moving forward with citizen’s participation

August 26, 2015

On August 4-5, 2015, the Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reform (PODER) of the Ateneo School of Government organized ‘Quo Vadis, Citizen Participation,’ a conference-workshop on advancing citizen participation and transparency in governance.

Held at Richmonde Hotel in Pasig City, the conference-workshop brought together government reform champions and representatives from key civil society groups, political parties, academe, government agencies, local government and media. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Florencio Abad, Rep. Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo (3rd District, Camarines Sur) and Sec. Jose Eliseo Rocamora (National Anti-Poverty Commission) -delivered the keynote addresses.

Abad discussed the accomplishments of the Aquino administration in terms of engaging citizen participation and making the government transparent. He emphasized the importance of citizen participation in transforming the Philippine society.

Robredo spoke about the issues of citizen empowerment such as exclusiveness, patronage politics and bridging the gap between the citizens and the government.   Robredo noted that citizen engagement in governance is vital to the success of nation-building.

Rep. Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo (3rd District, Camarines Sur) stresses the role of citizen engagement in nation -building.

In his closing remarks, Rocamora stressed the significance of citizen participation that is transformative. Citizen participation, he said, is one that not only challenges the political power but also helps change its formation.

Government reform champions and representatives from key civil society groups, political parties, academe, government agencies and local government attend the 2-day workshop-conference.

The conference-workshop also had panel discussions featuring presentations of the following: DBM Undersecretary Richard Moya; Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan (Right to Know, Right Now Coalition); Undersecretary Austere Panadero (Department of Interior and Local Government); Arjan Aguirre (Ateneo de Manila University); Undersecretary Francis Varela (Department of Education); Atty. Dennis Santiago (Government Procurement Policy Board);  Rechie Tugawin (Ateneo School of Government); Francis Isaac (De La Salle University- Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance); Dr. Ma. Elissa Jayme Lao (Institute for Philippine Culture); Dr. Rosario Manasan (Philippine Institute for Development Studies); Ramon Casiple (Institute of Political and Electoral Reform); Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon (Commission on Human Rights); Com. Luie Tito Guia (Commission on Elections); Risa Hontiveros (Akabayan); and Dr. Ronald Mendoza (Asian Institute of Management Policy Center).

 

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