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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort that seeks to create commitments from government and non-government stakeholders that promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The Philippines is one of the eight founding countries of the OGP in 2011. At the local level, the OGP is chaired by Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management. DBM also serves as the lead Secretariat of the initiative.

In October 2016, the Philippine Open Government Partnership (PH-OGP) Steering Committee held its first assembly under the administration of President Duterte. From this meeting, the Steering Committee has set the direction of the Philippine OGP in the next few years. As significant reforms in the past years have gained ground in changing the culture of governance in the Philippine bureaucracy, the aim now of the PH-OGP is to expand its reach and impact by co-creating and implementing new action plans and open government programs that have concrete and direct benefits to the Filipino people.

The draft PH-OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019, the result of various stakeholder consultations in the past two quarters, is now posted online for the last round of public consultation before its submission to the international OGP Secretariat. The said draft Plan can be accessed through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/PHOGP-17-19 .

Citizens are encouraged to review the document and provide their inputs on or before June 29, 2017. Please note that comments can be placed directly in the PH-OGP Plan Google Document or be sent through email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any questions or concerns, you may reach the PH-OGP secretariat through the same email or via phone at 791-2000 loc 1209.

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Government agencies may now verify the release of their Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) online.

The list of the approved SAROs has been uploaded to the DBM website since January of this year.

The move to make SAROs available online for viewing promotes transparency in their issuance and ensures accountability in the disbursement of public funds.

It also avoids the need for government agencies to personally follow up their SARO requests from the DBM, since SAROs that are not yet online are still pending review by the Department.

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1.  “The Department of Budget and Management denied violating procurement rules when it bidded out the P2.8-billion contract for the hosting of the 2017 ASEAN conferences in the country, saying it has full discretion in determining the rules for such processes”.

RESPONSE/CLARIFICATION:
NON-POLICY MATTER OPINION NO. 180-2015 ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT POLICY BOARD (GPPB) IN 2015 PROVIDES THAT THE PROCURING ENTITY IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO DETERMINE, BASED ON ITS PRIMARY PURPOSE, MOTIVATION AND INTENTION, AND ON THE NATURE OF THE CONTRACT, WHETHER THE INTENDED PROJECT SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS GOODS OR CONSULTING SERVICES.  THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO THE SELECTION OF THE MODE OF PROCUREMENT FOR MIX PROCUREMENTS ONLY.  ONCE DETERMINED, ALL PROCUREMENT RULES PERTINENT TO THE CHOSEN MODE OF PROCUREMENT WERE STRICTLY APPLIED AND COMPLIED WITH.

This is in response to allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service (DBM-PS), in relation to the procurement of goods for the hosting of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN)
Meetings.
It should be noted at the outset that the allegations are baseless and unwarranted. They are not supported by any evidence, as indeed there is none. This is but an attempt on the part of the accusers to derail an otherwise lawful process, undertaken and completed in accordance with the applicable laws and rules.