14 August 2017 | Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines – Representatives from the government and civil society at the local and international level will converge in Manila on August 15, 2017 to discuss international initiatives aimed to further enhance transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in governance.

The Philippines is among the eight founding members of Open Government Partnership (OGP) and being the host of the 2017 ASEAN Meetings, it will also spearhead a dialogue that will gather experts who will discuss success stories and challenges in implementing open government reforms.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. will keynote the “High Level Regional Conference on Open Government: A Side-Event of the Philippines’ Chairmanship of the ASEAN” to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

This activity aims to discuss, recognize and share the best practices in implementing good governance initiatives between and among ASEAN members and selected countries, and to encourage fellow ASEAN member-countries to join the Open Government Partnership.

Among the speakers during the dialogue are OGP Deputy CEO Joe Powell, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC Catalino Cuy, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Laura Pascua, alternate chair of the PH-OGP Steering Committee; Indonesia’s National Development and Planning Deputy Minister Slamet Soedarsono, and Transparency International Indonesia’s Lia Toriana; and Mr. Jeffrey Lehrer, Director of the Office of Economic Development and Governance of USAID Philippines.

During the same event, the 2017-2019 Philippine Open Government Partnership (PH-OGP) National Action Plan will be launched. The soon-to-be launched PH-OGP is the fourth for the country which features 12 commitments that are being led both by government and civil society.

The OGP is a Washington, DC-headquartered global organization that was established in 2011 through the partnership of eight countries that bid to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and tap new technologies to enhance governance.

Since then, OGP membership have increased to 75 countries, excluding 15 subnational governments.

To date, these countries and governments have made more than 2,500 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

At present, the Philippines and Indonesia are the two ASEAN members that are part of this global governance transparency initiative.

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