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.

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Vision and Mission


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.

Strategic Directions

  1. 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:

    1. Membership-based - Mobilize the diverse base of expertise of its 52 core members to contribute to democratic and governance reform;

    2. Movement-building - Strengthen and support broad-based democratic reform movements that work to protect and defend democracy; and

    3. New platforms for continuing civic/political education.

  2. Growing and Promoting P-G-D Discourse and Action: Undertake research/studies, fora/ conversations on the following themes:

    1. Populism, Political Division, and Disinformation

    2. Rule of Law

    3. Authoritarianism and Misogyny

    4. Peace and Transitional Justice

    5. Inclusion and Social Protection

Thematic Working Groups

Corazon Juliano Soliman


Atty. Hector Soliman


Teresita Quintos Deles


Teresita Quintos Deles


Corazon Juliano Soliman


Philip Arnold Tuaño


Our Team

Marilou M. Ibañez

Executive Director

Ma. Nicole B. Pangilinan

Technical Officer

Verlie Q. Retulin

Information, Communications and Publications Officer

Pauline Isabelle A. Fernandez

Technical Officer

Aily DJ Carreon

Finance Officer

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

Social Protection

Donor Partners

Networks & Partners