The Philippines is one of the eight founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Now on its fourth run, 12 commitments have been included in the Philippine OGP National Action Plan which are currently being implemented by national and local government agencies and civil society organizations.
One of the major programs committed to the OGP is the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program--an endeavor which cuts across all the other commitments in the Action Plan. Only when citizens have the right information can they fully participate in pushing for transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement.
To highlight the role of access to information in the narrative of good governance, the Department of Budget and Management and the Presidential Communications Operations Office is co-organizing an event on 28 November 2018 with the theme, “The Philippine Open Government Partnership and the Freedom of Information Program: Placing Access to Information at the Heart of Open Governance” at the National Museum Auditorium of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila.
The event aims to gather 200 partners for change from the central down to the local governments, civil society organizations, the media, the academe, the private sector, and development partners--all advocating for good governance and access to information. It aims to take stock of the FOI Program implementation, celebrate successes and milestones, identify major learnings, co-develop new mechanisms for collaboration, and look ahead to the future of the program using the OGP platform. The sessions will involve panel discussions supplemented by an interactive platform which will crowdsource questions and concerns from the participants.