Capability Building on Advocacy for Good Governance and Social Reform
1. General Information
1.1 Project Name Capability Building on Advocacy for Good Governance and Social Reform
1.2 Project Proponent People’s Alternative Study Center for Research and Education for Social
Room 207, CCS Building
Social Development Complex (SDC)
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Hts.,
Tel/Fax No. (632) 426-5657
2.0. Project Description
The Philippine Crisis at the Turn of the Millenium. The Philippines is just coming out of a
grave social political crisis. It is a crisis that had just thrust our country once again into a
seemingly endless spiral of political instability, economic recession, and social conflict.
The impeachment trial of the President and its abrupt termination exposed the political system’s
apparent failure to uphold the basic standards of accountability, rule of law, and public service. It
has indicated how the corridors of power in our country have continued to be enclaves of political
opportunism, economic plunder, and morel bankruptcy.
The Promise of People Power. As with any crisis, there is opportunity. As the volatile political
situation threatened to permanently damage our democratic institutions, it has also served to re-
awaken ever growing number of Filipinos who once again took a collective stand for truth and
justice, reminiscent of the broad people’s movements after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in
1983. People’s Power in its purest sense has exhibited itself throughout our history but experience
has painfully shown time and again how we as a people have failed to sustain its transformative
It cannot be denied that many of us citizens had slowly, even imperceptibly-retreated into
complacency and apathy after enormous amounts of selflessness and patriotism especially after
the EDSA Revolution 1986. We as a people have not lived up to our own expectations, allowing the
flawed political and economic systems to thrive under the banner of “democracy”.
The present crop of the so-called political leaders-from the impeached/ousted Joseph Estrada, to
the hundreds of representatives (who almost stonewalled the people’s will), to the 11 senators
who voted against the opening of the second envelop allegedly containing bank records of
President Estrada-all came to power by popular vote. The reality of Estrada being swept to office in
1998 on the shoulders of the poor majority (who, based on surveys, continued to support him until
late in his term) is the clearest indication of opportunities lost and revolutions not completed.
We share collective responsibility in our country’s crisis. But it is not yet too late. Today as the
sovereign Filipino people have gained a second chance to decisively act to reform our political
leadership and political system, we seek to learn from our past.
This project shall have the following objectives;
a. To improve the advocacy skills for good governance and social reform issues of civil society
leaders in at least 10 provinces/cities; and
b. To formulate civil society good governance and social reform agendas at the provincial/city
level and national level; and
c. To strengthen local civil society networks advocating for good governance and social reform.
2.3 Operational Mechanics
The project centers on two major interventions: Training Sessions on Advocacy and good
Governance and Local Civil Society Network Building.
a. Training Sessions on Advocacy and Good Governance (TS-AGG)
Training Sessions on Advocacy and Good Governance (TS-AGG) will be conducted in 3 areas
(covering two to three provinces/cities) and four provinces. The TS-AGG will focus on enhancing
the advocacy skills for good governance at the local levels of leaders of the local Pos and civil
society alliances. The training will seek to improve the capability of these leaders to advocate for
specific local and national issues and concerns.
The areas identified are Bicol(Camarines Sur and Sorsogon), Northern Mindanao (Cagayan de
Oro/Bukidnon and Agusan del Norte), and NCR-Rizal (Quezon City-District 2 and Pasig/Antipolo).
The four provinces are Quezon, Pampanga, Negros Occidental and Cebu.
b. Local Civil Society Network Building
This project with focus on two provinces in the Visayas (Negros Occidental and Cebu). Local Civil
Society network building in other areas/provinces will be taken cared of by a complementary
project of PASCRES.
2.4 Project Staffing and Management
A Project Coordinator for these twin initiatives will be assigned. He will convene monthly team
meetings and directly supervise the project team. The Project Coordinator will also network with
national institutions and alliances involved in good governance and advocacy.
An Educator/Network Builder will help coordinate the designing and preparation of the training
modules and will also assist the local civil society networks in the two Visayas provinces.
An Educator’s Pool will be formed to help in the design of the training modules and also to serve
as resource persons during the actual training sessions.
3. Actual Activities and Output
3.1. Conducted Training Sessions on Advocacy and Good Governance:
The project actually conducted four training seminars on Advocacy and Good Governance in the
provinces of Quezon, Pampanga, Negros Occidental and Cebu. Participants of the training included
grassroots/PO leader, youth/student leaders, professionals, church workers, and representatives of
The project’s training seminars involved at least 53 NGOs and Pos nationwide. A total of 122
PO/NGO leaders participated in these training seminars. PASCRES also conducted similar seminars
in Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Cagayan de Oro/Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte, Quezon City,
Antipolo/Angono, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte. These were sponsored by a
complementary project of PASCRES.
PASCRES produced training modules and readings which were included in the kit distributed to
each of the trainers for their use in their respective communities. We also produced and distributed
a primer on People Power 2 and New Politics/Good Governance.
3.2 Local Civil Society Networks
The project was also able to facilitate the formation of local civil society (CS) networks in all the
provinces, including the four provinces supported by SEACA:
These groups led in the further refinement of the Local Peoples Agenda in their areas together with
local candidates (from councilors to congresspersons). Multi sectoral Consultation/for a were also
conducted in the various areas. These for a were also the venue for the signing of the covenants
between the local Civil Society networks and the local candidates that passed the network’s criteria
for new politics candidates. Many of the core group members of the networks got involved as
campaign managers or tacticians of these local candidates/politicians. The Civil Society networks
themselves campaigned for clean election and new politics.
Before and after the May 2001 elections, the local civil society networks also participated in the
national consultations called by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to involve civil
society in defining and advancing the anti-poverty agenda. Last May 2001, they participated in the
evaluation of the first 100 days of the Arroyo Administration and in formulating the agenda for the
next 200 days. Last July, many of them were also involved in the NAPC consultation on the
KALAHI (Kabit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan) program.
The various network also worked on the accreditation of their respective organizations in the
City/Municipal Development Councils, and the local special bodies such as the Health Boards and
the School Boards. They are also working on continuous with the elected local government officials
that they supported to strengthen transparency and accountability.
The plans of the networks now center on advancing their local people’s agenda through advocacy,
including the establishment of partnerships and healthy alliance with “alternative/new politics”
local government officials.
4. Major Problems Encountered
Generally, the project went on smoothly
The main problems encountered were related to the scheduling of the training and other activities
because the various member-groups of the local networks were busy with their own
programs/actions. In many areas, this affected the schedule for the training seminars. Also
particularly affected was the consultation/for a with the covenant building with the local politicians
given the hectic schedule both the Pos and NGOs and the local candidates during the campaign
It is important that the local civil society networks are strengthened through regular core group
meetings (for planning/evaluation information sharing and analysis, etc.) continuous political
education, and capability building sessions and activities.
We plan to support the principled engagement of these networks with the local governments in
pursuit of their local people’s development agendas. This would probably extend to their
engagement in advocacy related to the barangay elections scheduled for next year.
PASCRES would like to explore the possibility of SEACA and other funding agencie’s support for our
partnership with these local civil society networks along the these lines.
Description of the Training on Advocacy and Good Governance
Arrival / Registration
Preliminaries (Expectations Setting, / Introductions / Program Overview):
After drawing – out the participants’ expectation regarding the seminar, the facilitator will provide
an overview of the training program, explaining the framework to be followed as well as the
rationale behind such a program design.
Between People Power and Popular Empowerment: A post-EDSA Political Situationer
(Conjunctural Analysis) – The facilitator shows a video (by Jose Javier Reyes) on the events of the
People Power 2, reflection/discussion on the current political-economic-cultural situation then
Pagbanyuhay ng Kalagayan ng Sambayanan (Structural Analysis): Studies the deeper
societal problems/issues and their structural roots.
Pagbanyuhay ng mga Kulturang Pinoy (Cultural Analysis): focuses on political culture,
especially electoral culture and indicates potentials for reinforcing or transforming these, cultural
institutions and ethics.
New Challenges Towards Social Change : Discusses the continuing challenges for political
action such as identifying their roles in pursuing the transformation of the society and to choose
multi-approaches towards social change.
Tungo sa Bagong Pulitika (New Politics/Active Citizenship): Focuses on New Politics and
Active Citizenship as a means to achieve social changes; participants identify the values and
principles of New Politics, establish criteria/norms for classifying adherents of New Politics.
People’s Agenda: Draws-out the main features of the alternative social order we aspire for an
explains the main points of the People’s Agenda drafted by KOMPIL 2 and other groups.
Introduction to Advocacy Campaign Management: Explains the electoral, education, alliance
building skills necessary to wage an effective advocacy campaign.
Local Agenda and Planning: Allows the participants to set their own local people’s agenda and
formulate their plan for the advocacy of new politics and good governance in their areas.
Regions/Province Date of Activities Participating Organizations/ No. of Participants
1. Pampanga March 13-14 2001 BMPCI,SIWMPC,
Sacop, AMS, AC-Urban
Poor Alliance, Pampango
BMPCI, SLF, PPC, Pasada (#24)
2. Negros March 23-24, 2001 PYM, Causa-UNO, FELU
BAUPO, Febatodi, Causa
Rahai, PCAI (#30)
Regions/Province Date of Activities Participating Organizations/ No. of Participants
3. Cebu March 28-29 2001 HMPC, Kasamaca
AMPC, Huluyaw, ARCB-
MBC, CSMPCI, DUFLA
Women Federation (#4)
4. Quezon March 31-April 01, 2001 PYA, Sumpit, Katuparan,
Association, SAC, Sampan
Tanggol Kalokasan, St.
Jude Multi Purpose
Coop, Local Government
Unit, SAMALO (#27)
LIST OF CORE GROUP IN REGIONS/PROVINCES:
Name Organization Address
Area: Negros Occidental
Noli Espina West Negros College City Heights, Bacolod City
Nathaniel Jamardon WNC-FEU Brgy 41., Bacolod City
Edsil Yasay Progressive Youth Movement Brgy. 36, Bacolod City
Joseph Chiu CAUSA-Youth Roxaz Ave. Bacolod City
Erna Aguilar Bacolod Urban Poor Calong-calong Bacolod City
Mildred de la Pena BAUPO Taculing, Bacolod City
Helen Castro FEBATODI Tangub, Bacolod City
Rico Adeva Task Force Mapalad (TFM) Silay City, Negros
Christian Ardiente Professional Bacolod City
Joji Bantug Media Paglaum Village, Bacolod City
Henry Cobrado PCAI Hoa Alijis, Bacolod City
Eli Donoso PCUP Handumanan, Bacolod City
Rosemarie J. Herrera Pampango San Fernando City
Delfin Guinto BMPCI Angeles City
Jerry de la Pena Akbayan Princeton St., San Fernando
Edwin Beltran SACOP Maimpis, San Fernando
Jeffrey del Mundo SCAP Angeles City
Nina Saflala SLF Sta. Rita Pampanga
Rudy de Guzman Pasada Angeles City
ED Manuque Kalis Betis, Guagua
Arlene Alvarez Social Action Center Isabang, Lucena City
Noli dela Cruz Mamamayan Brgy. F. de Jesus, Unisan, Quezon
Melito Verdan St. Jude Multi-Purpose Coop Brgy. Cotta, Lucena City
Glenn Forbes Tanggol-Kalikasan Brgy. XI, Lucana City
Tessie De Castro Ugnayan ng Magbubukid Brgy. Camandison, Catanauan,
Sa Quezon (UGMA) Quezon
Marlyn dela Cruz Sumpit Brgy. F. de Jesus, Unisan, Quezon
Reina Morales HMPC Sta. Cruz Ronda, Cebu
Gilberto Entoma Kasamaca Dalaguete, Cebu
Zosima Entoma AMPC Bolisang, Argao, Cebu
Rizalino Villavelez ARCB-MPC Baurong, Naga, City
Emilita Mangapis CSMPCI Casay, Dalaguete, Cebu
Rosa Miller AMPC Tulic, Argao, Cebu
Magdalena Telefrancia Women Federation Dalaguete, Cebu