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The Philippines Government Promotes Open Government with National Citizen Engagement Portal
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Country: Philippines
Created: May 07, 2014

The Philippines Government will be launching a National Feedback Mechanism soon as part of its commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which it has been a founding member of since 2011.

 

“Envisioned as a link between government and civil society, it will serve as an online platform where citizens will be able to engage government by launching petitions or making queries online,” Said Secretary Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Spokesperson of the Office of the President, The Philippines.

 

The new platform will provide avenues for citizens to contribute to policy making and monitor the implementation of major programmes and projects by the Philippine Government.

 

“Citizens play an enormous role in checking government activities. With a structured avenue for communication, organisations and citizens’ groups will find it easier to work with government toward our common goal of improving our country,” said Lacierda.

 

Since 2011, the Philippines has launched several online portals including Open Data Philippines, Budget ng Bayan by Department of Budget and Management, and the Official Gazette by the Presidential Communications Operations Office to make documents and information that affect people’s lives available to the public.

 

This new portal was among highlights at a forum of the Knowledge for Development Centres (KDCs) held April 23 to 25 in the Philippines. KDCs comprise of 15 universities, policy and research institutions in the Philippines, in partnership with the World Bank Group. The forum is supported by the Government of Australia. 

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