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Research project: Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?

In 2011, the Department of Interior and Local Government of the Philippines mandated the implementation of the Full Disclosure Policy that requires local government units to post financial and procurement-related information on their websites. Whilst the policy does not mandate publication as open data, the information required is well suited to being published as datasets. Using a case study approach in three provinces, this project has explored how the sharing of governance information online has impacted on local government systems, and how the information and data has been accessed and used by civil society representatives and intermediary groups. The project has identified policies and processes that could support the Philippines to more fully realise an open government data agenda for local government, and has looked at challenges currently faced in the supply and use of local government data.

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Research Insights 4 - Incentivising 'Openness' at the Local Level

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in 2011 implemented the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) through Memorandum Circular 2010-83 entitled “Full Disclosure of Local Finances, and Bids and Public Offerings”.   As a way to encourage compliance, FDP compliance is a requirement for the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) award.  The SGH is a basis in awarding certain project loan or grants to local government units (LGUs).

Open LGU Research Team presents research findings in Good Governance Summit

The Open LGU Research Team presents initial findings of its research “Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?” in the recently concluded Good Governance Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center last 15-17 January 2014.  The summit, sponsored by the Philippine Government featured the initi

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