'The political is personal': INCITEGov conducts workshop on good governance and democratic politics

Posted on June 11, 2021


INCITEGov conducted a pilot test of its Politics-Governance-Development (PGD) modules with members of the urban poor sector, focusing on the interrelatedness of democratic politics and good governance to achieve desired development outcomes.


Members of the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP), a group of mothers whose families are beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), attended the workshop on June 5 and 6 at the University Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City.


INCITEGov founding trustee and lead person for social protection Corazon Juliano-Soliman said PGD also relates to the phrase, “the political is personal.”


Soliman headed the two-day workshop on the PGD modules


“Andoon ang power o kapangyarihan at pag-uusapan natin nang malaliman saan ba nangagaling ang kapangyarihan ng tao, pamahalaan, at paano ito gumagana at paano ito tumutugon sa politika,” Soliman explained.


(We will talk about where the power of the people and the government comes from, how it works, and how it interacts with politics.)


Soliman also expounded on the concept of a “social contract,” emphasizing that since a country’s leader is elected, their power emanates from the voting population. She also highlighted the importance of participation in decision-making, be it inside the homes or in society.


A framework explaining the social contract.


“Meron ba tayong partisipasyon sa decision-making natin sa pamilya at lipunan at binibigyan ba (ang ating partisipasyon) ng halaga?” she asked. “Ang partisipasyon ay hindi lang sapat na nagsasalita tayo o nagboboses, kailangan naririnig at ginagalang ang ating posisyon,” she added.


(Do we participate in decision-making inside our homes and in our society, and is our participation given value? It’s not enough that we can voice out our opinions. Our voices and our stance should be respected.)


The former Social Welfare and Development secretary explained the importance of understanding the concept, citing the taxpayers’ money as an example.


“Sa pandemyang ito, ubod ng daming pera ang pumasok. Nasaan ang pera ng para sa bakuna, Philhealth, contact tracing? Bahagi ‘yan ng transparency. Isa iyan sa mahalagang katangian ng kapangyarihan,” she said, noting that everyone, even the poor, pay taxes.


(During this pandemic, a lot of money came in. Where is the allocation for the vaccines, for Philhealth, for contact tracing. It’s all part of transparency, which is an important aspect of power.)

INCITEGov will be sharing the PGD modules to different sectors in the months ahead as part of a project on mobilizing active citizenship. ?