PH ranks 1st in trans­parency, 3rd in pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion

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CLARK FREEPORT— The Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM) an­nounced the Philip­pines has made sig­nif­i­cant progress with re­spect to trans­parency and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The 2017 Open Bud­get Sur­vey showed the coun­try first in Asia for trans­parency and third in the world for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“The Philip­pines scored 67 out of 100 for bud­get trans­parency, mak­ing the coun­try the best in Asia and 19th in the world in terms of fis­cal trans­parency just af­ter Ger­many. The global av­er­age score is 42. So here, we’re bet­ter than In­done­sia, Jor­dan, Ja­pan, South Korea, Thai­land, Malaysia, Ti­mor Leste, Cam­bo­dia, Viet­nam and Myan­mar,”DBM Sec­re­tary Ben­jamin Dio­kno told Cen­tral Lu­zon stake­hold­ers dur­ing Fri­day’s Su­long Pilip­inas 2018 Philip­pine Devel­op­ment Fo­rum in Clark.

To sus­tain this, the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing the re­forms made in­clud­ing the Con­gres­sional ap­proval of the bud­get mod­ern­iza­tion bill so that it will be im­ple­mented no mat­ter who sits as the next Pres­i­dent.

An­other re­form that has been done is Project DIME which stands for Dig­i­tal Imag­ing for Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion.

This is pur­sued by DBM to­gether with Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the method of mon­i­tor­ing the progress and com­ple­tion of gov­ern­ment projects.

“In a coun­try with more than 7,000 is­lands, project mon­i­tor­ing is quite a chal­lenge. But through the use of satel­lites, drones and com­put­ers, the sta­tus of in­fra­struc­ture projects can eas­ily be mon­i­tored with­out the need of ac­tual phys­i­cal in­spec­tion. This es­pe­cially ben­e­fits projects un­der­taken in far-flung ar­eas,” Dio­kno noted.

Also, by 2019, the gov­ern­ment is set to roll out the mod­ern­ized gov­ern­ment elec­tronic pro­cure­ment por­tal which will con­tain ad­di­tional fea­tures like data an­a­lyt­ics and elec­tronic re­vers auctions al­low­ing mer­chants to of­fer items and the op­por­tu­nity to out beat one an­other.— Marie Joy L. Sim­pao/PIA-3

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