Bantay Bayan is a citizen-watch and legal assistance program that aims to ensure that Local Government Units (LGUs) practice good governance amid the COVID-19 crisis. Since it launched in March, Bantay Bayan has gathered over 1000 volunteers nationwide. It is spearheaded by GoodGovPH, a youth-led movement for good governance in the Philippines registered under the National Youth Commission (NYC-YORP), together with volunteer lawyers and law students. Its website is designed and developed by the Developer Student Clubs Loyola.
The Bantay Bayan program aims to:
Gather citizens nationwide who will monitor their respective LGU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis
Empower citizens to initiate proactive measures to promote good governance in their LGUs
Provide free online legal assistance to concerned citizens regarding issues involving the COVID-19
Educate citizens about laws, policies, issues, and other matters relevant to the COVID-19 crisis
Bantay Bayan mobilizes volunteers nationwide who will monitor the actions of their respective LGUs and act upon issues they see in their communities.
The Bantay Bayan Team prescribes action steps that volunteers may pursue to resolve non-legal concerns. Legal concerns, on the other hand, are forwarded to the Bantay Bayan Legal team for legal assistance.
PEACE, SECURITY, AND RULE OF LAW
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SERVIC
TRANSPARENCY & COMMUNICATION
Bantay Bayan extends COVID-19-related legal assistance and guidance to the general public through the Bantay Bayan Legal Helpdesk.
The Bantay Bayan Legal Affairs team, composed of lawyers and law students, responds to concerns raised in the Helpdesk by producing legal recommendations or other legal documents for action.
Bantay Bayan regularly produces informative and educational materials (FAQs, primers, infographics, statements), writes articles on volunteers and frontliners, and hosts online educational discussions. This is to make relevant information simpler and more accessible to the people.
You can view our “Usap Tayo!” online sessions below:
Bantay Bayan is spearheaded by:
GoodGovPH is a youth-led movement for good governance in the Philippines. It seeks to champion the principles of good governance through advocacy campaigns, alliance-building, governance education, community collaboration, and innovation.
It is a youth organization registered under the National Youth Commission - Youth Organization Registration Program (YORP).
Developer Student Clubs Loyola is a student organization powered by Google Developers that aims to build students’ skills and network by giving them access to different technologies, specifically Google Developer technologies like Android, Firebase, Angular, Flutter, Google Cloud Platform and many more.
Together, we learn in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for the community.
Bantay Bayan is co-presented by:
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