Posted on July 06, 2019
By Marj Ibanez
The International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) has reaffirmed its commitment to defend democracy during its 13th General Assembly on July 6.
For the year 2019 to 2020, the organization will pursue two specific tracks: Growing the Movement and Growing and Promoting PGD Discourse and Action.
Growing the Movement aims to convene, catalyze, and support citizens’ informed, critical, and purposive collective action to defend/strengthen democracy and democratic governance. This will be done in three levels or modes: membership-based, movement-building, and breaking new platforms for continuing civic/political education.
Meanwhile, the second track, Growing and Promoting PGD Discourse and Action, mandates INCITEGov to undertake research/studies, fora/conversations and projects to 1) defend and strengthen democratic institutions and civic space against key challenges to democracy, and 2) address issues and develop reform tracks in policy areas that impact the lives of the poor and the marginalized sectors.
“Even more intense work had to be put in building united actions, consolidating initiatives and platforms, and in growing the movement that will push against the threats to democracy before it is too late,” Teresita Quintos Deles, INCITEGov chairperson, said.
During the meeting, the GA also elected four new members to its Board of Trustees (BOT): former tourism secretary Alberto “Bertie” Lim, social anthropologist Dr. Mary Racelis, former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos secretary Yasmin Busran- Lao, and former peace process assistant secretary Rose Romero.
They will replace outgoing BOT members Edilberto de Jesus, Julia Abad, Samira Gutoc- Tomawis, and lawyer Suharto Ambolodto, who was appointed to serve at the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
Meanwhile, the BOT will be led by an Executive Committee with the following members: former peace process secretary Teresita Quintos- Deles as chairperson, former peace process undersecretary Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval as vice chairperson, lawyer Hector Soliman as secretary, and Ateneo professor Randy Tuano as treasurer. #