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Philippines End-of-Term Report 2015-2017

The Philippines’ third action plan mostly focused on enhancing transparency, expanding space for citizen engagement, and improving public services. Only Steering Committee members could provide feedback during implementation. 



Well-Designed? *

Major or Outstanding Results? **

4. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Convene a multi-stakeholder group and submit annual EITI reports.



5. CSO engagement in public audit

Strengthen Citizen Participation Audit (CPA) project and institutionalize citizen participation in public audits.




6. Local poverty reduction

Strengthen civil society participation in budget planning for local poverty reduction through Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB).



* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, and potentially transformative
** Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as having major or outstanding results in terms of the ‘Did it Open Government?’ variable

The Steering Committee, made up of government, civil society, and the business representatives, held three meetings and 12 national and local consultative activities between June 2016 to May 2017. 

Did not act contrary to OGP process

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process if one or more of the following occurs:

  • The National Action Plan was developed with neither online or offline engagements with citizens and civil society
  • The government fails to engage with the IRM researchers in charge of the country’s Year 1 and Year 2 reports
  • The IRM report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s action plan

The Philippines third action plan has led to major openings in extractive industries, civil society engagements in audits, and community participation in local development planning.

Commitment Title Well-designed? * Complete Major or Outstanding Results? ** Overview
1. Law on Access to Information No No No This commitment aimed to assist the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law. By June 2017, the government had secured sponsorship and committee-level approval, but did not pass the FOI Law.
2. Local budget transparency No No Yes By June 2017, 98 percent of local government units (LGUs) were compliant with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP), a significant increase from 2015.
3. Open data No No No Half the targeted number of datasets were uploaded to the Open Data Philippines portal, and the adoption of open data practices has been slow.
4. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative No Yes Yes The Philippines was validated against the EITI standards in 2017, and the civil society coalition Bantay Kita has conducted numerous capacity building activities using EITI data.
5. CSO engagement in public audit No Yes Yes The government strengthened the ongoing Citizen Participation Audit (CPA) project by training CSOs as citizen auditors, expanding the number of government offices that CPA audits, and adopting a CPA Strategic Plan.
6. CSO participation in local poverty reduction No Yes Yes Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) initiatives included local monitoring by civil society, created the OpenBuB online portal, and established a hotline in local government offices.
7. Community participation in local development planning No No Yes Hundreds of municipalities increased membership of civil society in local development councils, and numerous community projects poverty reduction projects were completed. These efforts have improved citizens’ ability to identify, implement, and monitor projects in their communities.
8. Public service delivery feedback mechanism No Yes Yes The Civil Service Commission (CSC) resolved all public service complaints by 2016, and nine agencies were awarded the CSC-Seal of Excellence Award in 2016.
9. Local government performance No Yes Yes There was a 20 percent increase in the number of provinces, cities, and municipalities that were awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) in from 2016 to 2015.
10. Improve ease of doing business No No No The Philippines’ ranking in the Ease of Doing Business Survey improved only slightly from 2016 to 2017. A private-public sector taskforce oversaw this commitment, but did not include ordinary citizens.
11. Local government competiveness No Yes No Forty percent of local governments increased their competitiveness index scores in 2016. This has generated, systematized, and published information on the competitiveness of local governments, information that was not accessible before.
12. Public-private sector dialogue on inclusive growth No No No Philippine Business Groups - Joint Foreign Chambers formed a secretariat in 2015, which provided additional space for the business sector to regularly engage in dialogue with the government.
13. Integrity Initiative on Corporate Accountability No No No The Integrity Initiative aims to promote common ethical integrity standards in the private sectors. By the end of reporting period, the targeted number of signatories for the Integrity Pledge was not reached.

* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, and potentially transformative
** Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as having major or outstanding results in terms of the ‘Did it Open Government?’ variable


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