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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

Access to Information, E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Open Parliaments, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies, Participation in Lawmaking, Public Participation, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy, Publication of Budget/Fiscal Information, Regulatory Governance

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: Pending IRM Review

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. Citizen Participation in Local Government

    PH0056, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Participation in Local Tourism Development

    PH0057, 2019, Capacity Building

  3. Basic Education Inputs Program

    PH0058, 2019, Capacity Building

  4. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Participatory Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects

    PH0060, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. Implement EITI

    PH0061, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Access to Information

  8. Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution

    PH0063, 2019, Access to Justice

  9. Participatory Children's Health and Nutrition Program

    PH0064, 2019, Gender

  10. Indigenous Representation in Local Legislative Councils

    PH0065, 2019, E-Government

  11. Open Contracting Data Publication

    PH0066, 2019, Access to Information

  12. Civil Society Participation to Improve LGU Service Delivery

    PH0042, 2017, Access to Information

  13. Engage Communities in the Fight Against Corruption, Criminality and Illegal Drugs

    PH0043, 2017, Capacity Building

  14. Ease of Doing Business:Competitiveness

    PH0044, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  15. Ease of Doing Business: Philippines’ Anti-Red Tape Challenge)

    PH0045, 2017, Capacity Building

  16. Citizen Participatory Audit

    PH0046, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  17. 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center

    PH0047, 2017, Public Participation

  18. Government Feedback Mechanism

    PH0048, 2017, Capacity Building

  19. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Access to Information

  20. e-Participation Through the National Government Portal

    PH0050, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Budget Index and Budget Reform Bill

    PH0051, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    PH0052, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  23. Institutional Mechanisms for Disaster Response

    PH0053, 2017, Access to Information

  24. Shelter Development for Informal Settler Families

    PH0054, 2017, Access to Information

  25. Open Local Legislative Processes

    PH0055, 2017, E-Government

  26. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Access to Information

  27. Transparency of Local Govs Plans and Budgets

    PH0030, 2015, Fiscal Openness

  28. Open Data

    PH0031, 2015, Access to Information

  29. Extractive Industries' Transparency

    PH0032, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  30. CSO Engagement in Public Audit

    PH0033, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  31. Civic Enagement in Local Budget Planning

    PH0034, 2015, Fiscal Openness

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

    PH0035, 2015, Capacity Building

  33. Improving Public Service Delivery

    PH0036, 2015, Public Participation

  34. Improving Local Govs' Performance

    PH0037, 2015, Capacity Building

  35. Improve the Ease of Doing Business

    PH0038, 2015, Private Sector

  36. Local Government Competitiveness

    PH0039, 2015, Access to Information

  37. Public and Private Sector Dialogue

    PH0040, 2015, Private Sector

  38. Improving Corporate Accountability

    PH0041, 2015, Private Sector

  39. Sustain Transparency in National Government Plans and Budgets

    PH0020, 2013, E-Government

  40. Support for the Passage of Legislations on Access to Information and Protection of Whistleblowers

    PH0021, 2013, Access to Information

  41. Engage Civil Society in Public Audit

    PH0022, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  42. Enhance Performance Benchmarks for Local Governance

    PH0023, 2013, Capacity Building

  43. Enhance the Government Procurement System

    PH0024, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  44. Strengthen Grassroots Participation in Local Planning and Budgeting

    PH0025, 2013, Fiscal Openness

  45. Provide More Accessible Government Data in a Single Portal and Open Format

    PH0026, 2013, Access to Information

  46. Starred commitment Initiate Fiscal Transparency in the Extractive Industry

    PH0027, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  47. Starred commitment Improve the Ease of Doing Business

    PH0028, 2013, Private Sector

  48. Disclose Executive Budgets

    PH0001, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  49. Access to Information Initiative

    PH0002, 2011, Access to Information

  50. Broader CSO Engagement

    PH0003, 2011, Public Participation

  51. Participatory Budget Roadmap

    PH0004, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  52. Local Poverty Reduction

    PH0005, 2011, Local Commitments

  53. Empowerment Fund

    PH0006, 2011, Capacity Building

  54. Social Audit

    PH0007, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  55. Results-Based Performance

    PH0008, 2011, Capacity Building

  56. Performance-Based Budgeting

    PH0009, 2011, Capacity Building

  57. Citizen’S Charters

    PH0010, 2011, Capacity Building

  58. Internal Audit

    PH0011, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  59. Single Portal for Information

    PH0012, 2011, Access to Information

  60. Integrated Financial Management System

    PH0013, 2011, E-Government

  61. Electronic Bidding

    PH0014, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  62. Procurement Cards

    PH0015, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  63. Manpower Information System

    PH0016, 2011, E-Government

  64. Expand the National Household Targeting System (NHTS)

    PH0017, 2011, Public Participation

  65. e-TAILS

    PH0018, 2011, E-Government

  66. Budget Ng Bayan

    PH0019, 2011, Fiscal Openness

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