The one-day Summit brought together governance advocates, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, youth leaders, the press, academe and public officials from across the country to discuss and share best practices on innovative approaches in policy-advocacy, performance-based standards for public institutions and multi-stakeholder participation for effective good governance.
Panel discussions focused on various themes such as Charting the governance roadmap for a “Dream Philippines”; mainstreaming the youth agenda in governance reform; the role of science and technology in promoting good governance; impact of women and people’s councils in achieving good governance; role of media literacy and arts in supporting democratic governance; and how good governance enables inclusive business were discussed the speakers.
Some of the distinguished speakers include: Dr. Jesus Estanislao, Chairman Emeritus of the Institute of Solidarity in Asia; Dr. Francisco Magno, Founding Director of the De La Salle University Jesse M. Robredo Institute for Governance, Abdulwahab Alkebsi; Managing Director for Programs of the Center for International Private Enterprise; Guillermo Luz, Associate Director of Ayala Corporation; Dr. Maria Fe Mendoza, Dean of the University of the Philippines–National College of Public Administration and Governance; Former San Fernando (La Union) Mayor Mary Jane Ortega; Ted de Guia, Chairperson of Palawan Advocates for Good Governance and Empowerment; Ernesto Neri, Chairperson of the Oro Youth Council; PCCI secretary general Crisanto Frianeza; and, singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon.
After holding two successful regional dialogues in Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Summit served as a culminating activity of InnovateGov or “Innovations for Good Governance Project.” InnovateGov envisions to contribute to the ecosystem of creative and promising ideas that support the Philippines’ broader sustainable and long-term development agenda that solicits “confidence-building through clean, fair and citizen-centered public institutions” while “building open, responsive, and accountable” government-civic engagement that harnesses democratic principles such as of citizen participation, economic freedom, rule of law, transparency and accountability. The Project supports the development of a long-term agenda that elevates the discussion of good governance reforms to a collective level of nation building anchored on “Ambisyon 2040” and “UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
With funding assistance from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), InnovateGov Project is supported by an advisory council composed of representatives from the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, Makati Business Club, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, De La Salle University Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, and University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance.
 Philippines’ “Ambisyon 2040: Filipinos live in a high-trust society.”
 Sustainable Development Goal #16: “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”
Presented by InnovateGov, the Consultative Dialogue on July 5, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro is the first part of the two good governance dialogues as
onsets to its coming National Governance Summit.
Members of the advisory council: De La Salle University Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, Institute for Solidarity in Asia, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Makati Business Club, and University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance strategically chose the capital city because of its strong foothold in think tanks, academe, civic engagement, and local government- a pool of resources who can best extract the local realities and possible initiatives that contributes to participatory governance.
Using these components: indicators of good governance, gaps and challenges, possible solutions, and citizen action, the dialogue probes into
the four dimensions of TrustedGov framework- Economic Freedom, Environmental Governance, Institutional Strengthening, and Access to Social Services. Multi-stakeholder perspectives from the academe, the business community, the government, the youth, and other civic organizations are pooled to come up with an integrated case study or policy recommendations as outputs of the event.
Citizen engagement is the primary objective of the dialogue. It emphasizes the contributions of the champions who operate on the ground to create comprehensive development plans, and public services that are imperative in realizing the ideal governance- one that upholds the democratic values and sustains multi-sectoral progress.
More than the cause of extracting ideas from the citizens, the dialogue also evaluates and criticizes the current standard of local governance- a critical stage in shifting from the present to the ideal government. From this, we connect the networks and the initiatives that address the realities in the grassroots. All which lead to the pool of local data that serves an integral part in coming up with policies, reforms, and further development programs.
Innovations for Good Governance (InnovateGov) held its second consultative dialogue last July 27, 2018, in Hue Hotels and Resorts, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, as part of its upcoming National Governance Summit to be held on October 2018. The one-day event was joined by representatives among different sectors such as the media, government, business, civil society organizations, and the academe.
The roundtable discussion, spearheaded by Dr. Francisco Magno, the director of De La Salle University’s Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, aimed to provide substantial analysis on good governance, its challenges, and their respective solutions. Magno was joined by Debbie Tan, president of the Palawan Tourism Council, Marvi Trudeau, program manager of the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. and Ted de Guia of Palawan Advocates for Good Governance and Empowerment (PAGE).
Trudeau stressed the importance of communication in bridging the gap between the government and its citizens. “If you cannot let the people express their thoughts freely, then there will be no good governance,” she said. Trudeau called for a more receptive government, explaining that an open communication between the public and the private entity is a step towards good governance. Furthermore, the structure of electing and promoting government officials was seen by Trudeau as a challenge in achieving good governance. “What people do not realize is that they are so powerful. The only power that they do not exercise freely is the power to elect efficient government officials,” Trudeau said.
The Palawan Tourism Council, which works closely with the local government of Palawan in boosting tourism efforts through extended efforts, identified stringent rules of the government specifically in releasing budgets intended for projects as one of the hindrances in attaining good governance among the local government unit. Tan of the Palawan Tourism Council suggested that constant efforts from the government to work closely among the private sectors from planning up until the evaluation stage is a must for every implemented project.
On the other hand, De Guia of the Palawance Advocates for Good Governance and Empowerment strictly gave importance on participatory governance, or mapanlahok na pamamahala.
An open forum followed shortly after the consultative dialogue, which allowed participants from various sectors to raised questions and concerns in achieving the goal of the said event.
The last portion of the dialogue, the Breakout Workshop, enabled participants to actively engage and participate by identifying key solutions to every challenge towards good governance. Representatives were divided into four groups in accordance with the dimensions of the TrustedGov framework, namely: Institutional Government for Good Government (Institutional Strengthening), Sustainable Economic Development (Economic Freedom), Inclusive Social Development (Access to Social Services), and lastly, Sustainable Environmental Development (Environmental Governance). Insights from the said workshop will be consolidated and put together in a Citizen Engagement Playbook, which would enable every ordinary citizen to access concrete action steps on how they can ensure good public service from their government.
The second consultative dialogue sought to provide feedback about the government and address existing policies and reforms, leading towards its improvement and development.