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Research project: Open Government in the Philippines: exploring the role of open government data and the use of new technologies in the delivery of public services

As part of the Open Government Partnership, the Philippines have initiated programs on anti-corruption, accountability, participation, and empowerment of the poor. Moves towards greater transparency and openness present an opportunity for government to act as a co-innovator with citizens, harnessing new technologies and Open Government Data (OGD) to support more meaningful participation and collaboration. However, such initiatives are not without their share of challenges and difficulty. This project has examined the OGD practices and needs of selected health and economic programs in the Philippines. Through qualitative case studies, it has looked in particular on the localization efforts of these programs and how government’s boundary partners engage in use of OGD. By looking at the technologies in use to deliver OGD, and identifying current gaps in current OGD use practices, the study is developing Management Information Systems (MIS) implementation guidelines that can that can assist local health and government units in developing OGD initiatives.

Project updates

DLSU-Open Data Research Team joins the DBM for the Good Governance Summit & Open Data Hackathon

August 30, 2013

The DLSU-Open Data Research Team (DLSU-ODRT) of the Center for ICT for Development (CITe4D), met with representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last August 30, 2013 to plan for the upcoming Open Government Data hackathon and the National Good Governance Summit.

Initial Data Gathering in Iloilo

July 23-25, 2013

The Open Data Research team of the College of Computer Studies, De La Salle University conducted its data gathering activities in the Province of Iloilo last July 23- 25, 2013. Located in the central part of the Philippines, the activities included interviews of the major health stakeholders of the Provincial Health Office and the Municipality of Pavia.

Review of Open Government Practices & Preparations for Initial Field Work

July 10, 2013

Based on the research assignments during the last team meeting, the members presented their respective findings on OGD-related existing practices in maternal health and child care (MHCC) and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In general, there are current e-governance and e-government initiatives in the Philippines, which can be considered as open government practices.

Refining the Research Storyline

June 7, 2013

The research team met to further define the storyline that will be followed for the research project. Based on our current literature review for the Philippines and other countries' open government practices, we derived that the Philippine view of open government is that it is linked to good governance principles.

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