Bacolod hosts reg’l dialogue on participatory governance

The multi-agency ‘Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Dialogue-Bacolod City’ leg will gather representatives from national and local government agencies, civil society, academe, public sector unions, business groups, media and other development partners at the SMX Convention Center, January 30-31.

This regional dialogue is held nationwide as part of the Duterte administration’s efforts to hold more dialogues with local stakeholders initiated by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), Department of Finance (DOF) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the tax reform session, with support from the USAID-Facilitating Public Investment Project.

The dialogue aims to consult with stakeholders on the content of the Participatory Governance Cluster Roadmap; provide an avenue for dialogue among LGUs and local CSOs on developing sub-national Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments and plans; and raise awareness on the 2018 National Budget and the proposed tax reform package 2.

The Bacolod City leg is the first of six legs slated nationwide to include the Luzon and Mindanao regions.

The Participatory Governance Cluster (PCG) was introduced through an Executive Order No. 24 after President Rodrigo Duterte won the Presidency which reorganizes the Cabinet into six clusters including the PCG to adhere to the key priorities of the President.

The Philippines is one of the founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a unique international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that strengthen governance. *(JSC/EAD-PIA6)