Briefing: Opening the Gates - Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Goverments 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 data sets. Using a case study approach in three provinces, this project will look at 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 identifies policies and processes that could support the Philippines to more fully realise an open government data agenda for local government, and identifies challenges currently faced in the supply and use of local government data.