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Open Budget Index and Budget Reform Bill (PH0051)



Action Plan: Philippines 2017-2019 Action Plan (Updated)

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Department of Budget and Management

Support Institution(s): 1. Department of Finance 2. DOF-Bureau of the Treasury 3. Commission on Audit 4. National Economic Development Authority 5. Senate of the Philippines 6. House of Representatives 7. Department of Public Works and Highways 8. Department of Health 9. Department of Social Welfare and Development, 1. INCITE.Gov 2. World Bank 3. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Policy Areas

E-Government, Fiscal Transparency, Legislation & Regulation, Legislature, Open Data, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies, Participation in Budget Processes, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Significant gains have been made in the Philippines with regard to fiscal openness but there are still gaps on transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement in the budget process which should be addressed. In order to fortify the budget process, there has always been a need to introduce budget reforms that will enforce greater accountability in public financial management (PFM).; What is the commitment?: This commitment aims to reform the budget process by enforcing greater accountability in public financial management, strengthening Congress’ power of the purse, instituting an integrated PFM system, and increasing budget transparency and participation. This will be done by improving the Philippines’ performance in the Open Budget Survey and shepherding the passage of the Budget Reform Bill (BRB) in Congress. The BRB aims to strengthen Congress’ power of the purse by enforcing the Constitutional policy that all expenditures must be approved by Congress; and by enabling Congress to review and approve proposed appropriations based clearly defined performance information and regular reports on actual performance. The Bill also secures the irreversibility of PFM reforms so far established by COA, DBM, DOF, NEDA.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: The increase in the country’s OBS performance will address identified fiscal openness gaps with concrete actions from government. While the establishment of a legal framework for the Public Financial Management will strengthen accountability and integrity in the use of public resources. It will: (1) enforce transparency, fiscal responsibility, resultsorientation, efficiency & effectiveness thru an integrated PFM system; (2) enforce power of purse of Congress to authorize appropriations, & responsibility of all agencies to propose, execute and deliver results committed in the Budget; (3) promote citizen empowerment via fiscal transparency & participation; (4) integrate planning, budgeting, and performance management & ensure ample safeguards in managing public finances through the creation of an Office of Comptroller General; (5) Enhance transparency & participation through the reporting to, and monitoring by Congress, and the public.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: Transparency The bill seeks to provide mechanism for better people’s access to Public Financial Information through publication of a Calendar of Disclosures. Likewise, it shall institutionalize the publication of citizen-friendly summaries of the following: Statement of Fiscal Policy, Proposed national Budget, General Appropriations Law, and the Annual Fiscal Report Civic participation The bill also seeks to increase People’s Participation in the Budget Process by establishing and implementing suitable participatory budget mechanisms to facilitate the open, inclusive, and meaningful engagement of citizens throughout the budget process—from budget preparation, to legislation, to execution, and to accountability and audit. Such participatory mechanisms may include consultations and partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs), academics and experts, and other individual and organized stakeholders throughout the annual budget process. Public Accountability The Bill shall ensure Financial Management and Internal Control by establishing the Office of the Comptroller General to oversee the operation of an integrated internal control framework across Government Technology and innovation for openness and accountability All documents and reports required to be published shall automatically be made available electronically in a government website. Current and historical data on government revenues, expenditures, and borrowings, shall be made more comprehensive, available electronically, in open data format, on a government website. The development of an Integrated Financial Management Information System will automate the financial transactions of all government agencies and assure the timely availability of accurate reports on these to the President, Congress, and the public.; Additional information: This commitment is in line with Chapter 5 of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 on Ensuring People-Centered, Clean, and Efficient Governance.


  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