Going Vertical: Citizen-led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines

Date: 2018
Authors: Joy Aceron (Editor)
Publication type: Book
Published by: Government Watch, Accountability Research Center

Going Vertical is a result of action-research collaboration between Government Watch (G-Watch) and the Accountability Research Center (ARC) on multi-level citizen action for accountability. This book investigates how one strategic approach to citizen accountability – vertical integration – enabled seven reform initiatives in the Philippines to gain meaningful results. Filipino summaries of the seven case studies in Chapter 4 are also available for download.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Studying vertically integrated approaches to citizen-led reforms (Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac)

Chapter 2. Doing accountability differently: Vertically integrated civil society policy monitoring and advocacy (Jonathan Fox)

Chapter 3. Contextualizing vertical integration in Philippine civil society (Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac)

Chapter 4. Case studies

4.1 Mobilizing citizens for transparency and accountability in education through Textbook Count (Joy Aceron)
4.2 Campaigning for agrarian reform in the Bondoc Peninsula (Francis Isaac and Danilo Carranza)
4.3 Empowering communities for housing and community services (Benedict G. Nisperos and Federick Vincent Marcelo)
4.4 Intensifying the anti-mining campaign (Benedict G. Nisperos and Rhia Muhi)
4.5 Campaigning for the rights of Indigenous Peoples (Benedit G. Nisperos and Romeo Saliga)
4.6 Advancing reproductive health rights (Marlon Lara Cornelio)
4.7 Building disaster resilient communities (Marlon Lara Cornelio)

Chapter 5. Synthesis: Lessons from vertically integrated reform campaigns in the Philippines (Francis Isaac and Joy Aceron)

This book is an expanded version of a research report published in December 2016, supported by a grant from Making All Voices Count (MAVC). The research was conducted in 2015 and 2016 by a team of researchers from the Philippines through the G-Watch Program that was then housed in the Ateneo School of Government, in partnership with the Accountability Research Center at American University, Washington DC, USA, and the Institute of Development Studies, UK.

Joy Aceron (Editor)

Joy Aceron is the Convenor-Director of G-Watch and a Research Fellow at the Accountability Research Center (ARC). A graduate of the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy, Joy has 15 years of experience in citizen monitoring, citizenship education, and civil society-government engagement. She has published works on civil society participation, political reform, and vertically integrated citizen-led reform campaigns.

Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox is a professor in the School of International Service at American University. He studies the relationships between accountability, transparency and citizen participation. He directs the Accountability Research Center. His most recent publications include articles in World Development and the IDS Bulletin, and reports published by Making All Voices Count, U4: Anti-Corruption Resource Center and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. His books include Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico (Oxford 2007) and Mexico’s Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives (co-editor, Fundar/Wilson Center 2007). He was a founding member of the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership and currently serves on the boards of directors of Fundar (Mexico) and the Bank Information Center (DC). For online publications, see http://jonathan-fox.org/.

Francis Isaac

Francis Isaac is a researcher at Government Watch (G-Watch), writing on Philippine elections, social movements, human rights, and agrarian reform. He is also involved with various non-government organizations and citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines. Francis is currently working towards his masters in International Studies in De La Salle University in Manila.

Buod ng mga Case Studies

Tungkol sa Babasahing Ito

July 2018
Joy Aceron

 

Sa kasalukuyang panahon, nangangailangan tayo ng makabagong pamamaraan upang matiyak na may pananagutan sa pamahalaan at matanggal ang mga balakid na matagal nang nakaugat sa ating mga institusyon. Isa sa mga bagong estratehiyang ito ang vertical integration ng mga gawaing policy monitoring at advocacy ng mga civil society organizations.

Dahil sa masinop, organisado at sabayang pag-engage sa bawat antas ng estado, natutukoy natin ang mga kadahilanan kung bakit hindi napapanagot ang gubyerno. Naipapakita rin nito ang ugnayan ng mga salik na ito, at ang mga kinakailangang pagbabago sa istruktura ng kapangyarihan sa lokal, pambansa, at transnasyunal na antas upang matiyak ang mga kinakailangan na pangmatagalang pagbabago sa ating mga institusyon (Fox 2001). Maipakikita rin nito ang kanilang pagkakaugnay at paglilipat ng kapangyarihan sa lokal, nasyunal, at transnasyunal na antas, na siyang kailangan para magkaroon ng tuloy-tuloy na pagbabago sa institusyon (Fox 2001). Pinapakita ng pitong case studies dito ang mga inisyatiba kaugnay ng civil society monitoring and advocacy sa Pilipinas, kung saan lahat ay may hangaring mapabuti ang pananagutan ng gubyerno sa iba’t-ibang sektor gamit ang vertical integration.

Ang mga buod na ito ay batay sa librong “Going Vertical: Citizen-Led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines” na pinatnugutan ni Joy Aceron. Ang pagsalin sa Filipino ay ginawa ni Althea Muriel Pineda at Francis Isaac.

Ang librong Going Vertical ay producto ng research on vertical integration na isinagawa ng Government Watch (G-Watch) kasama ng Accountability Research Center (ARC) at Institute of of Development Studies (IDS) sa pamamagitan ng suporta ng Making All Voices Count (MAVC). Makukuha ang e-copy ng librong ito sa: https://www.g-watch.org/resources/vertical-integration-research/going-vertical-citizen-led-reform-campaigns-philippines-2nd.