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Philippines

Public and private sector dialogue (PH0040)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Philippines National Action Plan 2015 – 2017

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Department of Finance

Support Institution(s): Economic Development Cluster of the Cabinet; Makati Business Club, Philippine Business Groups-Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC)

Policy Areas

Private Sector, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Philippines End-of-Term Report 2015-2017

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

There is already an existing structure of collaboration, consultation, and dialogue among the business organizations via the PBG-JFC. In 2013, the PBG-JFC started an annual practice of consulting with each other and reaching out to government to present a unified list of recommendations that the business community believes will lead to inclusive growth.
Eventually, the PBG-JFC consultation model became an effective venue in discussing and finding solutions to critical issues of national interest (2015 power reserves gap, Manila port congestion, etc.) The Philippine Congress has actually institutionalized this consultation meeting via twice a year meetings to align legislative priorities. Nevertheless, despite a previous commitment from government to likewise hold quarterly business-executive branch consultations, there have only been two such meetings between the executive branch and the private sector since 2013.
This commitment seeks to reinvigorate this consultation and dialogue structure between business and government, and through this achieve the ultimate end-goal of improving public service delivery through constructive engagement between government and the private sector. Main objective is to reinvigorate and institutionalize government and business sector collaboration through regular dialogues, and alignment of priorities. Relevance - The commitment is relevant to advance the OGP values of public accountability and civic participation. The establishment of this
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platform for public-private collaboration and dialogue seeks to guarantee consistent implementation of policies; advocate for needed economic, social, and political reforms; and ensure adherence to commitments made either by government or the private sector.
The proposed joint public-private secretariat gives the private sector the necessary space to take and an active and direct part in agenda-setting and policy formulation. Meanwhile, the regular and formal meetings between government and the business community holds government accountable to stakeholders with regard to their development and legislative agenda. Ambition - The intended result is for government and the business sector to have a venue for dynamic and continuing collaboration and dialogue, wherein the priorities of both parties are aligned, the private sector takes an active part in policy formulation, both the public and private sectors adhere to their commitments--all of which can ultimately lead to improved public service delivery.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

For Commitment details, see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/philippines-mid-term-progress-report-2015-2017.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

12. Public-Private Sector Dialogue on Inclusive Growth

Commitment Text:

There is already an existing structure of collaboration, consultation, and dialogue among the business organizations via the PBG-JFC. In 2013, the PBG-JFC started an annual practice of consulting with each other and reaching out to government to present a unified list of recommendations that the business community believes will lead to inclusive growth. Eventually, the PBG-JFC consultation model became an effective venue in discussing and finding solutions to critical issues of national interest (2015 power reserves gap, Manila port congestion, etc.) The Philippine Congress has actually institutionalized this consultation meeting via twice a year meetings to align legislative priorities. Nevertheless, despite a previous commitment from government to likewise hold quarterly business-executive branch consultations, there have only been two such meetings between the executive branch and the private sector since 2013. This commitment seeks to reinvigorate this consultation and dialogue structure between business and government, and through this achieve the ultimate end-goal of improving public service delivery through constructive engagement between government and the private sector. Main objective is to reinvigorate and institutionalize government and business sector collaboration through regular dialogues, and alignment of priorities.

Relevance - The commitment is relevant to advance the OGP values of public accountability and civic participation. The establishment of this 35 platform for public-private collaboration and dialogue seeks to guarantee consistent implementation of policies; advocate for needed economic, social, and political reforms; and ensure adherence to commitments made either by government or the private sector. The proposed joint public-private secretariat gives the private sector the necessary space to take and an active and direct part in agenda-setting and policy formulation. Meanwhile, the regular and formal meetings between government and the business community holds government accountable to stakeholders with regard to their development and legislative agenda.

Ambition - The intended result is for government and the business sector to have a venue for dynamic and continuing collaboration and dialogue, wherein the priorities of both parties are aligned, the private sector takes an active part in policy formulation, both the public and private sectors adhere to their commitments--all of which can ultimately lead to improved public service delivery.

Responsible institution: Department of Finance

Supporting institutions: Economic Development Cluster of the Cabinet; Makati Business Club, Philippine Business Groups-Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC)

Start date: 1 July 2015

End date: 31 December 2017

Commitment Aim

This commitment aimed to reinvigorate and institutionalize collaboration between the government and the business sector through regular dialogue to align priorities. It aimed to tap an existing structure of business collaboration, the Philippine Business Groups - Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC). The PDG-JFC represents 2,933 companies and members of the private sector. Specifically, the commitment aimed to: (1) establish a joint public-private secretariat that will organize and support regular dialogues; (2) organize meetings among the heads of the PBG-JFC and the Cabinet’s Economic Development Cluster to discuss priority issues and recommendations; (3) publish one assessment report on the Public and Private Sector High Level Dialogues; (4) facilitate discussions among PBG-JFC local partners and affiliates on pressing issues; and (5) engage other stakeholders in the discussion of pressing issues relevant to the business sector, especially CSOs and people’s organizations (POs).

Status

Midterm: Limited

None of the deliverables had been completed as of the midterm. The PBG-JFC formed a secretariat in August 2015, which has subsequently convened two dialogues. The PBG-JFC also brought stakeholders from several major industries together at a 2016 roundtable on trade and investment liberalization. At time of writing the midterm report, the assessment report on the Public and Private Sector High Level Dialogues has not been completed. The PBG-JFC was also yet to undertake local engagement, nor had it engaged with other stakeholders.[Note: For details, see Aceron, Joy. 2017. Philippines Progress Report, 2015-2017. Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism. ]

End of term: Limited

Little progress was made on the deliverables, except for a report prepared by PGB-JFC. The report found that 10 out of 38 recommendations from 2013 to 2015 have been sufficiently addressed, with 15 (39 percent) already being acted upon, which indicates the presence of a reporting and monitoring system.[Note: A copy of the report is provided to the IRM researcher by Roxanne Lu, Director-Programs and Projects Unit and Maane Cauton, Makita Business Club (MBC) (MBC) through an email communication on October 15, 2016.] The recommendations range from the adoption of policies and laws affecting the private sector (e.g. National Transport Plan, Cabotage Law, Anti-Trust Law and Competition Policy), bureaucratic reforms (e.g. overhauling the Bureau of Customs and ensuring conformity of local ordinances to national policies) and achievement of developmental outcomes (e.g. lowering the cost of electricity and improving agricultural productivity).

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Did not change

Civic participation: Marginal (only relevant to private sector)

Public Accountability: Did not change

The private sector plays a part in propelling the economy and it is a critical development partner for the government. The commitment provided space for the business sector to regularly engage in dialogue with the government. Before this, there was no regular and institutionalized space for such a dialogue and no mechanism to assess progress in the agreements between the private sector and government. Roxanne Lu, head of the PBG-JFC secretariat in the Makati Business Club, stated that the dialogue was useful in resolving issues between government and the business sector.[Note: Roxanne Lu, Director-Programs and Projects Unit and Maane Cauton, Makita Business Club (MBC) (MBC). Interview on 12 October 2016 at MBC Office.] Though it could be improved, the response being generated by the recommendations from the PBG-JFC indicates the potential effectiveness of this mechanism.

Although these are important improvements to increase private sector participation in areas of economic development, the challenges of getting the government to regularly attend the dialogues and to report regularly to PH-OGP secretariat[Note: For details, see Aceron, Joy. 2017. Philippines Progress Report, 2015-2017. Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism. ] is indicative of the limitation and weakness of this platform.

Carried Forward?

This commitment has not been carried forward to the next action plan. According to the end-of-term self-assessment report, dialogues among stakeholders, including government, business, and non-government sectors, will take place through a new forum called the “Dutertenomic Forum.” So far this forum has convened several summits on key concerns such as agriculture, health, and education.[Note: PH-OGP. End of Term Self-Assessment Report. October 2017.]


Philippines's Commitments

  1. Civil society participation to improve LGU service delivery

    PH0042, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. Engage communities in the fight against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs

    PH0043, 2017, Capacity Building

  3. Ease of Doing Business:Competitiveness

    PH0044, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  4. Ease of doing business: Philippines’ Anti-Red Tape Challenge)

    PH0045, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Citizen Participatory Audit)

    PH0046, 2017, Audits and Controls

  6. 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center

    PH0047, 2017, Public Participation

  7. Government feedback mechanism

    PH0048, 2017, Capacity Building

  8. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Capacity Building

  9. E-Participation through the National Government Portal

    PH0050, 2017, Citizenship and Immigration

  10. Open Budget Index and Budget Reform Bill

    PH0051, 2017, E-Government

  11. Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    PH0052, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Institutional Mechanisms for Disaster Response

    PH0053, 2017, E-Government

  13. Shelter Development for Informal Settler Families

    PH0054, 2017, E-Government

  14. Open Local Legislative Processes

    PH0055, 2017, E-Government

  15. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Right to Information

  16. Transparency of local govs plans and budgets

    PH0030, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  17. Open Data

    PH0031, 2015, Open Data

  18. Extractive Industries' Transparency

    PH0032, 2015, Extractive Industries

  19. CSO engagement in public audit

    PH0033, 2015,

  20. Civic enagement in local budget planning

    PH0034, 2015, Participation in Budget Processes

  21. Civic Enagement in Local Budget Planning – Community Capacity-Building

    PH0035, 2015, Capacity Building

  22. Improving public service delivery

    PH0036, 2015, Public Participation

  23. Improving local govs' performance

    PH0037, 2015, Capacity Building

  24. Improve the ease of doing business

    PH0038, 2015, Private Sector

  25. local government competitiveness

    PH0039, 2015, Capacity Building

  26. Public and private sector dialogue

    PH0040, 2015, Private Sector

  27. Improving corporate accountability

    PH0041, 2015, Private Sector

  28. Sustain transparency in national government plans and budgets

    PH0020, 2013, E-Government

  29. Support for the passage of legislations on access to information and protection of whistleblowers

    PH0021, 2013, Legislation & Regulation

  30. Engage civil society in public audit

    PH0022, 2013, Public Participation

  31. Enhance performance benchmarks for local governance

    PH0023, 2013, Capacity Building

  32. Enhance the government procurement system

    PH0024, 2013, E-Government

  33. Strengthen grassroots participation in local planning and budgeting

    PH0025, 2013, Participation in Budget Processes

  34. Provide more accessible government data in a single portal and open format

    PH0026, 2013, E-Government

  35. Starred commitment Initiate fiscal transparency in the extractive industry

    PH0027, 2013, Extractive Industries

  36. Starred commitment Improve the ease of doing business

    PH0028, 2013, Private Sector

  37. Disclose Executive Budgets

    PH0001, 2011, Fiscal Transparency

  38. Access to Information Initiative

    PH0002, 2011, Right to Information

  39. Broader CSO Engagement

    PH0003, 2011, OGP

  40. Participatory Budget Roadmap

    PH0004, 2011, Participation in Budget Processes

  41. Local Poverty Reduction

    PH0005, 2011, Subnational

  42. Empowerment Fund

    PH0006, 2011, Capacity Building

  43. Social Audit

    PH0007, 2011, Public Participation

  44. Results-Based Performance

    PH0008, 2011, Capacity Building

  45. Performance-Based Budgeting

    PH0009, 2011, Capacity Building

  46. Citizen’s Charters

    PH0010, 2011, Capacity Building

  47. Internal Audit

    PH0011, 2011, Audits and Controls

  48. Single Portal for Information

    PH0012, 2011, E-Government

  49. Integrated Financial Management System

    PH0013, 2011, E-Government

  50. Electronic Bidding

    PH0014, 2011, E-Government

  51. Procurement Cards

    PH0015, 2011, Open Contracting and Procurement

  52. Manpower Information System

    PH0016, 2011, E-Government

  53. Expand the National Household Targeting System (NHTS)

    PH0017, 2011, Public Participation

  54. e-TAILS

    PH0018, 2011, E-Government

  55. Budget ng Bayan

    PH0019, 2011, Fiscal Transparency