The International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) was founded twelve years ago by a group of former senior officials in government who collectively resigned from their posts in the wake of alleged massive electoral fraud that implicated the highest official of the country. INCITEGov served as their venue to continue working for reforms, in the process developing a framework that holds at its very core the linkage between democratic politics and good governance to bring about a better life for all– thus, the imperative to understand and uphold the nexus among Politics-Governance-Development Outcomes (P-G-D, in short) as the key to arresting and overcoming the recurring cycles of democratic crisis and development deficits in the country.
Over the years and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), INCITEGov has built its work in deepening and broadening the knowledge and practice of P-G-D with practitioners in both government and civil society, using specific reform areas as starting points. Since its senior group of leaders and members come from a diverse fields and sectors, INCITEGov has had the unique ability to convene broad-based reform constituencies, often serving as their institutional hub and base.
Pursuing the PGD framework, INCITEGov established itself as an important resource base for calling out abuse of presidential power under the Arroyo administration. At the same time, it also catalyzed the formation of civil society reform communities led by the groups at its generational book-ends, the Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) and the Young Public Servants (YPS). Meanwhile, those focused on specific reform areas included study/advocacy groups on national budget monitoring, security sector reform, education, migration, and social protection.
In 2010, with the assumption into office of the second (Benigno III or P.Noy) Aquino administration, most of INCITEGov’s founding trustees, together with other members, returned to government service. With the Aquino government pursuing groundbreaking reforms in open, accountable, and participatory governance (led by the Open Governance Partnership and Bottom-Up Budgeting), INCITEGov committed the next six years to pushing constructive engagement for democratic reforms, specifically in the areas of participatory budgeting, public transparency, social protection, and the peace process.
In 2016, upon the assumption into the presidency of an elected, populist, authoritarian leader, INCITEGov quickly found itself placed at the fulcrum of emerging democratic forces determined to push back against the steady erosion of democracy and citizen’s rights and freedoms. INCITEGov quickly moved to shift its strategy from constructive engagement to civil society resistance and defense of democracy. This has found concrete expression in Tindig Pilipinas or TindigPH (“Stand Up, Philippines” in Filipino), which, in one year, has become the largest formation of democratic forces which continues to mount broad-based and persistent democratic opposition against the threat of authoritarianism.
Despite the alarming reversals in Philippine democracy, some recent developments give reason for hope. A new breed of young and reform-minded public servants was elected in some of the local seats in the last midterm elections. The Filipinos, in nationwide surveys, continue to reject extra-judicial killings and China’s economic intrusion, and they continue to affirm their support for democracy as a form of government. Corruption and the rising prices of basic goods have steadily undermined the populist leader’s electoral promise of real change. A softening of position appears to manifest among the non-fanatic/conditional supporters, therefore providing an opening for more open dialogues with them.
Not too long ago, Filipinos restored their democracy without bloodshed. The rebuilding of democratic institutions had been a flawed process but it was a steady work in progress. The systematic reform towards substantial democracy, where citizens are free from hunger, fear, injustice, is a gradual and painstaking process and cannot be expected to happen overnight. Indeed, the broader sectors of the Filipino society have yet to fully understand how democracy works when it works well. The task at the moment is to emerge a simple desire for democracy on the part of many. There is an urgent political necessity to warn people against complacency and to mobilize broader sectors of society to forge renewed social relationships that lead to concrete, collective actions in defense and protection of democracy.
INCITEGov believes in a Philippine democracy founded on the practice of Democratic Politics for Good Governance to attain Development Outcomes, by reform champions from local communities to international arenas. It aims to bring together and engage broad-based constituencies in real and meaningful discussions on active citizenship based on the P-G-D framework, and to assist in the empowerment process of making government responsive, transparent, and accountable to its people.
INCITEGov commits to build a force for democratic reform in the Philippines from a community of champions dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of key reform policy issues. It anchors this commitment on its core institutional P-G-D framework that connects the dots between the practice of democratic politics to good governance and the achievement of development outcomes at scale, to break the boom and bust cycle of Philippine reform.
Growing the Movement: Convene, catalyze, and support citizens’ informed, critical, and purposive collective action to defend/strengthen democracy and democratic governance. This will be done through the following approaches:
Membership-based - Mobilize the diverse base of expertise of its 52 core members to contribute to democratic and governance reform;
Movement-building - Strengthen and support broad-based democratic reform movements that work to protect and defend democracy; and
New platforms for continuing civic/political education.
Growing and Promoting P-G-D Discourse and Action: Undertake research/studies, fora/ conversations on the following themes:
Populism, Political Division, and Disinformation
Rule of Law
Authoritarianism and Misogyny
Peace and Transitional Justice
Inclusion and Social Protection
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Teresita Quintos Deles
Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval
Philip Arnold Tuaño
Rosalie C. Romero
Corazon Juliano Soliman
POPULISM, POLITICAL DIVISION AND DISINFORMATION
Atty. Hector Soliman
RULE OF LAW
AUTHORITARIANISM AND MISOGYNY
PEACE AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE
INCLUSION AND SOCIAL PROTECTION
CIVIC AND POLITICAL EDUCATION
Marilou M. Ibañez
Ma. Nicole B. Pangilinan
Verlie Q. Retulin
Information, Communications and Publications Officer
Pauline Isabelle A. Fernandez
Aily DJ Carreon
January N. Aguirre
Administrative and Finance Assistant /
Website Developer and Administrator
Michael Angelo L. Pascual
Administrative Service Support
Shebana C. Alqaseer
Gender and Human Rights
Sheryl S. Datinguinoo
Resource Generation and P-G-D
Analyn R. Borbe
Ging is a peacemaker and an advocate for women empowerment. She has been leading the peace initiatives in the Philippines. In 2003, she was the first woman to be appointed as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. A second term followed under the Aquino administration which is when, under her leadership, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed in 2014. This agreement marked the end of four decades of armed conflict between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. She was also the Lead Convenor and Secretary-General of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.
Aside from her work in the government for peace, she is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director, of Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute and the Co-Founder and current chairperson of the International Center on Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov). She also serves as the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR).
Ging is also an active advocate for women empowerment through her work such as leading the Philippines to become the first country in Asia-Pacific to start and enforce a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. She was also a member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security and a former expert-member of the UN Committee on Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. In the UN Department of Political Affairs, she also serves as a Senior Mediation Adviser focusing on Gender and Inclusion. She is also the chair-convenor of the women’s coalition EveryWoman, a leading hub in the broad citizens’ movement against misogyny, impunity, and creeping authoritarianism in the Philippines.
Current Work and Position: Lawyer, Consultant
Affiliation/s: Ang Kilusang Pilipina, Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN), Coalition Against Trafficking in Women- Asia Pacific
Gettie is currently a lawyer and consultant providing training and support work on gender, mainstreaming, laws and policy. She is also a trustee of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women- Asia Pacific and adviser of SALIGAN.
Prior to her current work, Cleofe served in the government sector as the Undersecretary for Programs of the Office of the President of the Philippines and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) from 2011 to 2016. She was also the Assistant Secretary for Policy of OPPAP in 2004 and Director III of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.
Cleofe was also an instructor on medical jurisprudence for the Ateneo School of Medicine Public Health, an Associate Director for Field Operations of the Leaders for Health Program, and a Project Officer of the Health Unit of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Aside from her work in the government sector and in the Ateneo Schools, Cleofe was an active social worker for the Center for Overseas Workers of CBCP and a Jesuit volunteer at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy.
Current Work and Position: Key Expert for Court Administration and Financial Management, British Council
Affiliation/s:M/ Governance in Justice, British Council
Hec is a key expert for court administration and financial management at Governance in Justice (GOJUST), a 3-year justice sector reform programme funded by the EU and implemented by the British Council and the UNOPS. The program aims to develop the effectiveness of the judiciary, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government through the provision of technical and financial assistance.
Before GOJUST, Hector was the project team leader / director for 8 years in other various justice and judicial reform projects such as the Community Legal Services (CLS) programme, a five and a half year program funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom and implemented by Maxwell Stamp PLC, and the Justice Reform Initiatives Support (JURIS) Project which was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and executed by the National Judicial Institute of Canada.
Hector has also worked in the government sector as a senior government official, particularly as an assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform. He was also the Chief Legal Adviser to the Secretary of Agriculture.
In the legal service NGO sector, Hector has been actively working in the field of agrarian reform law and environmental law for at least ten years. His continuous work in this sector also includes the facilitation of the formation of a network of legal service organizations in the Philippines which later became The Alternative Law Groups, Inc.
He has also consulted for international NGOs like the ADB, UNDP, JBIC, CIDA, World Bank, Global Fund, WHO, Ford Foundation and the Asia Foundation regarding various legal reform issues.
Current Work and Position: Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University; Full Time Faculty, Ateneo School of Government
Randy is an Assistant Professor of the Economics Department in the Ateneo de Manila University and lecturer in the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG). He has been an educator since 2004 teaching not only for the Economics Department and ASOG but also for the Political Science Department.
As an academic, he has several published articles in journals such as the Japan Social Innovation Journal and the Philippine Review of Economics. He also wrote several chapters in books such as Economics and Society and Developing Good Governance Indicators for Anti-Poverty Intervention.
Currently, Philip is also the coordinator for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Philippines Chapter) and the Human Development Network. Prior to this, he was involved in several NGOs. He worked as a researcher for CODE-NGO and as a development associate of Peace and Equity Foundation.
During Arroyo’s administration, he served as Director III of the Macro policy Unit of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). As director, he represented NAPC in interagencymeetings with NEDA, DBM, UNDP, World Bank, and other similar organizations.
Current Work: Researcher, Professor, Consultant pro-bono to NGOs and POs in urban informal settlements
Position: Research Scientist and Professorial Lecturer
Affiliation Institute of Philippine Culture and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Mary’s academic interests include urbanization and urban poverty, community organizing, gender, reproductive health, children, indigenous peoples, social justice and human rights. An advocate of “engaged social science,” she encourages academic researchers to carry out research with people that focuses on the community’s information needs in support of their struggles toward a better life. She served as Research Associate and later Director of the Ateneo’s Institute of Philippine Culture, 1960-78. Currently, she teaches social anthropology at both the Ateneo and the University of the Philippines.
From the position of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Policy Specialist, Family/Child Welfare, Women’s Development and Community Participation, New York in 1979-83, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa in charge of 24 countries. Her return to the Philippines in 1992 came with her appointment as Country Director to the Ford Foundation. She serves on several NGO boards. Her consultancies have included the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Development Programme. In 2003 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed her to his Panel of Eminent Persons on United Nations - Civil Society Relations. De la Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University conferred honorary doctorate degrees on her in 1975 and 2000, respectively. Special sources of joy are her five children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Yas is a former Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and an ex officio panel member in the Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPNP-MILF).
She was involved in crafting the Gender and Development Code of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the advocacy campaigns for the drafting of the Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Internationally, she was part of
the team that drafted the Philippines NGO Shadow Report in 2006 for the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that included a section on the rights of Moro women and indigenous women.
She co-founded the Muslim women’s rights and development organisations Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro (Women for Truth and Justice in the Bangsamoro) and Al Mujadilah Development Foundation. The former is a network of Muslim women leaders advocating for women’s rights in the context of Islam and culture, and the later is geared toward the development of impoverished communities and status of women through peace initiatives.
In 2005, she received the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowship Award for Public Service.
In 2010, she ran for the senate in the national elections under the Liberal Party ticket. Despite not obtaining a seat, she never faltered in her pursuit for her advocacies for the underrepresented Muslim minorities and its women.
Current Work and Position: President of The Culion Foundation, Chairman of El Nido Foundation, involved in public health, environmental conservation, and community development.
Bertie is a former Secretary of the Department of Tourism, having previously worked in the tourism industry as president of a resort development company and of tourism councils for 20 years. Prior to his stint in government, he was the Executive Director of the Makati Business Club (MBC), a non-profit business association acting as a forum for constructive ideas to address the socio-economic issues of the Philippines. It is committed to addressing national economic and social issues that affect the development of the Philippines.
He is one of the stalwarts of Manindigan!, a group of professionals and businessmen that served as a bridge to the military’s breakaway group during the People Power Revolution. Bertie is currently a steering committee member of Manindigan Na!, which is modeled after the original. The group introduces itself as an organization of Filipino business executives, entrepreneurs, professionals and professional associations committed to contribute to nation-building, uphold the rule of law and strengthen the judicial system, among other endeavors.
Current Work and Position: Director of UCPB-CIIF Finance and Development Corp, Director of UCPB Finance Foundation, Trustee of Ayala Foundation, Inc., Trustee of Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc
Affiliation/s: SPARK! (Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran)
Currently, Vicky works as the Director of UCPB-CIIF Finance and Development Corp and UCPB Finance Foundation. She is also a Trustee of Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Foundation, Inc. She also served as President and Board Member of the Corporation’s social development arm, Ayala Foundation, from 1989 to 2011. Afterward, she worked as the President of the foundation’s USA chapter, Ayala Foundation USA which is a diaspora philanthropy foundation that bridges Filipinos in the US to social development programs in the Philippines. Aside from these, Victoria also had several senior management positions in various other corporations in the private sector.
Victoria is also actively working for the development of women and women’s organization. She is a member of AWARE, Alliance of Women for Action Toward Reform, and a founder and trustee of SPARK!, Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran. She also served as the Vice President of the Women’s Wing in the Liberal Party of the Philippines where she sought to empower and develop women and women’s organizations to not only have representation in the party but also to encourage their participation in politics and government service.
She was also active in the government sector. Victoria was the Senior Consultant onPoverty Alleviation and Good Governance Office of the President of the Philippines, the Head of the Presidential Management Staff and Secretary to the Cabinet Office of the President of the Philippines.
Current Work and Position: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Member, Ateneo Graduate School of Business; Freelance Organization Development Consultant
Affiliation/s: Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business
Louie has been an educator for over 12 years teaching leadership and business as a faculty member in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where he is also currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He also works part-time as the Vice President for Operations in STI Tanay. Aside from his work in education, Luisito also works as a management consultant specializing in change management, organization development, and strategic development.
During the previous administration, Luisito was Undersecretary and Executive Director of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). He also served as a member of various mechanisms for the Peace Process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Government Negotiator, Operations Executive Director of Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), and Executive Director for all Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs, projects, and activities in OPAPP.
Prior to this, Luisito worked in the public health sector. From 2008-2010, he was the MBA Coordinator of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. Before this, he was the Associate Director for Leadership Formation in the Leaders for Health Program. He also served as project officer of several public health-related projects (Philippine Health Development Project and the Child Survival Program) for the Department of Health.
Rose is a former Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
She was executive assistant to then OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles under the Arroyo administration. Upon Deles’ return to the government post in 2010 under the appointment of former President Benigno Aquino III, Rose was instituted as the OPAPP’s chief-of-staff and head of the Communications Group.
She also worked in the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in the KALAHI Rural and KALAHI in Conflict-Affected Areas programs.
Affiliation/s: Galing Pook Foundation, Inc., PILIPINA, Inc.
Ve has a long and extensive background in development work. The full range of her expertise and experience in development includes various management and consulting work for different advocacies and sectors.
Working for poverty reduction, gender and development, and civil society capacity-building, Veronica served as the Executive Director of Peace and Equity Foundation, a development financing organization that supports poverty reduction and community empowerment programs of Philippine CSOs and social enterprises. She was also the Undersecretary (Feb 2001 to Feb 2004) and Secretary (Feb 2004 to July 2004) to the National Anti-Poverty Commission. Veronica also consulted for PILIPINA, Inc., AusAID, and the Philippine Commission on Women.
Prior to this work, Veronica developed and evaluated environmental and social development plans. She was the Grants Program Director for Foundation for the Philippine Environment, the Program Director, project and research officer for Philippine Business for Social Progress, and Program Coordinator for APPROTECH ASIA. Among others, she also consulted and facilitated for the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the DENR-11Biodiversity Management Bureau and UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) for 2014-2020.
Veronica also designed and implemented communication strategies for social development and advocacy programs like the Gender Mainstreaming Resource Kit for the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) and Bridging the Gender Gap: Stories of Change in Women’s Lives in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for the Asian Development Bank.