In 2011, an international movement for openness was also established, called the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The Philippines, is in fact, one of the eight founding governments of the Open Government Partnership or OGP in 2011, together with Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In a nutshell, OGP is a global effort to make governments better. It aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Currently, OGP has grown to 75 countries representing a third to the world’s population. To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward. As one of the 8 founding members, and under the Duterte administration, the Philippines has remained firmly committed to OGP through various commitments and it is through these commitments to the Open Government principles that we have been able to lay strong foundations for our reforms.
Under the leadership of Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, the Philippines has remained a global open government champion and has successfully weaved the OGP narrative and framework with various national governance anchors and mechanisms of the administration.
Under its pillar of Malasakit, the country’s continued engagement with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is identified in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s chapter on Ensuring People-Centered, Clean and Efficient Governance as a key strategy to ensure that government policies, programs, and projects are responsive to the needs of the people- which can ultimately lead to restoring the people’s trust in the government.
This Administration’s commitment to citizen engagement is further demonstrated by the following Executive Orders issued by President Duterte early into his term:
- Executive Order No. 2, issued on July 24, 2016 that mandates the executive branch of the government to operationalize the people’s constitutional right to information and the policy of full disclosure in public service;
- Executive Order No. 6, issued on October 14, 2016, that established the 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center to facilitate timely and concrete action in citizens feedback on the way government services and goods are being delivered;
- Executive Order No. 9, issued on December 1, 2016, that created the Office of Participatory Governance Cluster within the Cabinet that is mandated to exert all efforts to enhance citizen engagement in governmental processes.