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Open Contracting Data Publication (PH0066)



Action Plan: Philippines Action Plan 2019-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Procurement Service- Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PHILGEPS)

Support Institution(s): Department of Budget and Management Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) GPPB – Technical Support Office Procurement Service units HIVOS Southeast Asia Layertech Labs Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) Coalition of Development NGO Network (CODE-NGO) Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Network (MINCODE) Palawan Advocates for Good Governance and Empowerment (PAGE) Education Network for Educational Reforms (e-NET) Integrity Initiative CAR CSO KAINAKAP MNL

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Anti-Corruption, Audits, Capacity Building, E-Government, Gender, Marginalized Communities, Open Contracting and Public Procurement, Open Data, Public Procurement

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 problem the commitment addresses?

Transparency in the procurement and implementation of public contracts alongside competitiveness, public monitoring, accountability, and streamlined procurement processes are the principles enshrined in the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA) or Republic Act 9184. It posits that transparency of public procurement information is a deterrent to corruption thereby mandating all procuring entities to publish bid opportunities and post awards and contracts in the electronic government portal.

However, inefficiencies in the procurement process continue to exist. This has resulted in corruption, leakages and wastage of government funds that negatively affect the delivery of public services to the Filipino people. This is evident in the 2018 Corruption Perception Index wherein the Philippines ranked 99 across 180 countries.

While some public procurement data is published online by PhilGEPS and other procuring entities, stakeholders cannot fully engage with the data given that: (1) PhilGEPS does not provide information on procurement planning and contract implementation; (2) procurement data uploaded by procuring entities are incomplete making it difficult to track contracts from planning to implementation; (3) not all data is published using open data standards, (4) there is limited awareness of PhilGEPS data on the Philippines Open Data Portal; and (5) most civil society organizations and other stakeholders lack the capacity to analyze and transform data to be used as evidence for policy and practice recommendations.

Moreover, The Commission on Audit (COA), as one of the major users of procurement data for its audit activities, is in need of a data-source that is facilitative and comprehensive.

What is the commitment?

The PS-PhilGEPS commits to work with civil society and government stakeholders to identify contracting data that will be subjected to mandatory publication using machine-readable formats. In doing so, PS-PhilGEPS will ensure that its modernized system will utilize Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) in publishing data embedded in the Annual Procurement Plan, Purchase Request, Bid Notice, Award Notice, E-Bidding, Contract Management, aside from those initially identified by the stakeholders. With policy support from the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), publication of procurement data by government procuring entities will be required. This will enable public monitoring and audit of public procurement in order to improve the contracting process and enhance public service delivery.
In doing so, the PS-PhilGEPS will establish a team that will engage civil society organizations, media, the private sector, and other government agencies to jointly identify priorities to help the government build public trust through open contracting.

Together with the Government Procurement Policy Board - Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), contracting information will be used to update procurement policies and the possible improvement of Government Procurement Reform Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations.

Together with the civil society and the private sector, PS-PhilGEPS will create opportunities to improve the data literacy of both civil and government stakeholders in appreciating, using and analyzing contracting data to be used for monitoring procurement projects and as evidence for policy and practice recommendations in order to build public trust and integrity.

The COA on the other hand, commits to collaborate with the PhilGEPS in the identification of data needed as one of the bases for determining the data to be published, in the training of auditors of procuring entities and citizen-partners/auditors in the context of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) initiative, and the utilization of procurement data from the PhilGEPS in conducting audits for specific audit objectives.

See Action Plan for milestone activities


  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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