The International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) was founded in 2006 by a group of former senior officials in government. They collectively resigned from their posts in the wake of alleged massive electoral fraud implicating the highest official of the country. INCITEGov served as their venue to continue working for reforms as civil society participants, in the process developing a framework that holds at its very core the linkage between democratic politics and good governance to bring about a better life for all. This highlighted the imperative to understand and uphold the nexus among Politics-Governance-Development Outcomes (P-G-D, in short) as the key to arresting and overcoming the recurring cycles of democratic crisis and development deficits in the country.

With support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), INCITEGov has built its work of deepening and broadening the knowledge and practice of P-G-D with practitioners in both government and civil society, using specific reform areas as starting points. Since its senior group of leaders and members come from a diverse fields and sectors, INCITEGov has had the unique ability to convene broad-based reform constituencies, often serving as their institutional hub and base.

Over the past fifteen years, INCITEGov facilitated the constructive engagement of civil society groups with the government. It enabled transparency and accountability mechanisms to work for claim-making initiatives of marginalized groups and the basic sectors. These processes have empowered reform constituents in both civil society and government to build upon the gains of democracy and to propel the steady growth of organized groups and movements engaging government in specific reform initiatives. INCITEGov continues to monitor closely several key areas of concern: public fiscal management, the security sector, social protection, women and human rights, the peace process, along with other issues and processes affecting Philippine democracy. Currently, INCITEGov is located at the fulcrum of a broad-based democratic force that has been working to push back against the steady erosion of democracy and citizen’s rights and freedoms. It is deeply involved in addressing the urgent political necessity of mobilizing broad sectors of society in concrete, collective actions for the defense and protection of democracy.

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Vision and Mission


INCITEGov believes in a Philippine democracy founded on the practice of Democratic Politics for Good Governance to attain Development Outcomes, by reform champions from local communities to international arenas. It aims to bring together and engage broad-based constituencies in real and meaningful discussions on active citizenship based on the P-G-D framework, and to assist in the empowerment process of making government responsive, transparent, and accountable to its people.


INCITEGov commits to build a force for democratic reform in the Philippines from a community of champions dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of key reform policy issues. It anchors this commitment on its core institutional P-G-D framework that connects the dots between the practice of democratic politics to good governance and the achievement of development outcomes at scale, to break the boom and bust cycle of Philippine reform.

Strategic Directions

  1. Growing the Movement: Convene, catalyze, and support citizens’ informed, critical, and purposive collective action to defend/strengthen democracy and democratic governance. This will be done through the following approaches:

    1. Membership-based - Mobilize the diverse base of expertise of its 52 core members to contribute to democratic and governance reform;

    2. Movement-building - Strengthen and support broad-based democratic reform movements that work to protect and defend democracy; and

    3. New platforms for continuing civic/political education.

  2. Growing and Promoting P-G-D Discourse and Action: Undertake research/studies, fora/ conversations on the following themes:

    1. Populism, Political Division, and Disinformation

    2. Rule of Law

    3. Authoritarianism and Misogyny

    4. Peace and Transitional Justice

    5. Inclusion and Social Protection

Priority Sectors and Lead Persons

Evhoy Villaruel


Corazon Juliano-Soliman


Imelda Nicolas


Alice Murphy


Teresita Quintos Deles


Maria Jobellieza Alzate


Hilario Famadico III


Our Team

Marilou M. Ibañez

Executive Director

Ma. Nicole B. Pangilinan

Senior Program Officer

Verlie Q. Retulin

Information, Communications and Publications Officer

Aily DJ Carreon

Finance Officer

January N. Aguirre

Administrative Officer and Finance Assistant /

Website Developer and Administrator

Michael Angelo L. Pascual

Administrative Service Support


Shebana C. Alqaseer

Senior Project Officer

Sheryl S. Datinguinoo

Senior Project Officer

Walter Martin Tamayo

Project Officer for Kilos Kabataan Bumoto

Jobelle Alzate

Project Officer for Young Professionals

Zarah Navarro

Project Assistant

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