DAVAO CITY-- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno welcomed on Wednesday, March 22, over 100 representatives from government agencies, civil society, academe, and business sector participating in the Philippine Open Government Dialogues kick-off program in Davao, City.
This is the first in the series of public consultation workshops entitled "Co-Creating the 4th Philippine Open Government Partnership National Action Plan", which aims to engage various sectors in crafting a new action plan that will be responsive to the needs of the Filipino people.
The public consultations feature sessions on the Philippine Development Plan, the national budget, and orientation on the different mechanisms or windows for participation that citizens can tap to better engage the government. Meanwhile, new features of the consultation process include crowdsourcing and social media campaign.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a unique international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that strengthen governance. OGP was founded in 2011 by eight governments - Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. At present, the OGP has grown in number, with a total of 75 member countries.
The next Open Government Dialogues will be held in Cebu City (April 25), Baguio City (May 5), and in Manila (May 19). The series of regional consultations will conclude with the submission on June 30, 2017 of the final PH-OGP National Action Plan. Implementation of the National Action Plan is targeted to begin on July 2017.
Source: Philippines Information Agency