People participation in Naga City

People participation in Naga City is the second of Dean Tony La Viña's series on social accountability, constructive engagement and the G-Watch. In this article he tells the story of G-Watch's efforts in Naga city as one of the 6 pilot areas for the G-Watch localization project.

One takeaway from the Naga pilot run is that

"... it is not easy, even for a city revolutionized by as remarkable a mayor as Robredo, to embed citizen monitoring in the daily activities of its government, and in the daily lives of its citizens. “Pagod,” one of the key volunteers identifies: by toil (and perhaps even some tears) the Naga core volunteer group implemented the G-Watch localization, motivating volunteers with diverse expectations, trying to exact quality results from those who had taken upon themselves this added task of monitoring their city’s public schools. Yet they do so without regret, and even swear themselves to the G-Watch challenge, to cite another enthusiastic volunteer"
It is not easy, but as the G-Watch experience also tells us, it is doable.