Social Accountability Programs/Projects

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific
(ANSA-EAP)
In partnership with the World Bank

Established in 2008, ANSA-EAP is a regional network that advocates improved governance in East Asia-Pacific by mainstreaming the SAc approach. Core programs include networking (including a youth ‘wing’), research and knowledge management, capacity building and training, information and awareness, and resource mobilization and utilization. The ANSA-EAP network has active members from the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, and is working to expand membership in other countries in the region, particularly Thailand, Malaysia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea.

For inquiries, please contact:
The ANSA-EAP Secretariat
Tel: +632 426 6001 local 4627; +632 426 6062
Fax: +632 920 2920
E-mail: info@ansa-eap.net
Website: www.ansa-eap.net

 

Government Watch (G-Watch)

G-Watch is an action research program of the ASoG that specializes in expenditure-tracking and monitoring government agencies’ program implementation. The School and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established G-Watch in 2000 in response to the plethora of reports on corruption and inefficiency in the government. It was conceived along the principle of prevention through systems reform, and, ultimately, the institutionalization of these reforms.

The Program has developed and tested monitoring tools in 4 agencies, namely the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is currently developing tools for government-civil society joint monitoring for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). G-Watch has also established relations with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Commission on Audit (COA), the Office of the Ombudsman, various NGO networks, and international donors such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF).

For inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Joy Aceron, Program Director
Ms. Rafaela David, Program Officer
Telefax: +632 426 6001 local 4644; +632 920 2920
Email: government_watch@yahoo.com

 

G-Watch Programs/Projects:

Bayanihang Eskwela
In partnership with the Civil Service Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Bayanihang Eskwela is a collaborative public-private monitoring program involving the DPWH, DepEd, Office of the Ombudsman, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) of public schools. Now on its second run, the Program seeks to ensure the quality of public school buildings by monitoring school building construction programs in areas where they are most needed (i.e. areas with low performing schools and have acute shortages in school facilities). It aims to establish benchmarks in the performance of the DepED and the DPWH to make contractors more responsive to their clients’ needs, and to empower local communities in checking government delivery of public services.

Textbook Count / Textbook Walk

Textbook Count is a collaborative program of G-Watch and the DepED in partnership with civil society organizations. Initiated in 2003, the Program aims to ensure the prompt delivery of the right quantity and quality of textbooks to the intended recipients. Textbook Count is basically geared towards eliminating corruption in textbook procurement; systematizing textbook delivery; making suppliers more responsive to clients’ need; establishing benchmarks for the performance of DepEd; and mobilizing citizens for monitoring and inspection for greater transparency. A parallel effort, Textbook Walk, was launched to supplement the mechanism for textbook distribution and begin the process of institutionalizing Textbook Count in DepEd.

Protect Procurement Project (PRO)

PRO’s general objective is to protect, sustain and expand the gains of Textbook Count. It’s goals are to protect and uphold transparency and accountability in textbook procurement and delivery; sustain the momentum of reforms that had been put in place; and expand the monitoring process to cover areas other than textbook procurement.

DSWD Disaster Relief Distribution Program

The DSWD Disaster Relief Distribution is a monitoring program that was developed as a reaction to reports that relief distribution is highly susceptible to corruption. This Program was created to track and monitor the delivery of relief goods (food and clothing packs) for disaster victims released by the DSWD in Regions II, VII and CARAGA, and the donated goods released by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to DSWD. Under this Program, the ASoG was able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of DSWD’s disaster relief distribution system and was able to determine the problems encountered in obtaining BOC goods for relief operations.

COMELEC Budget Watch Program

G-Watch has expanded involvement in electoral reform through the COMELEC Budget Watch, a pioneering program that documents and monitors the budget and fiscal management of the COMELEC, with the goal of determining key areas where civil society can engage in the budget process. The Program’s most recent activity is the Come Elect! A Conference on Ensuring Successful Automation in 2010 held in August 2009 to explore and determine the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the 2010 elections.