What we want to know

We want to know how citizens can use the Freedom of Information mechanism better to access public contracting data.

Research Background

Why is this important?

The Government of the Philippines operationalized people’s access to information through Executive Order (EO) Number 2 signed by the President in July 2016. While covering only the executive branch of the government, it allowed different users, currently numbering 4,157 (as of December 17, 2018 statistics), access to key government information, managed through a program team housed under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). 

At the same time, the Philippine government maintains an open data portal but this initiative has stagnated since 2017. Previously available contracting data can no longer be found in the portal. Currently, the only recourse for researchers and journalists to access contracting data is through the FOI mechanism.  To know how this mechanism can be maximized in order to answer key questions on public contracts is important.

What are our key research questions?

Barriers to public contracting information provision

What are the barriers that make the provision of contracting data difficult to FOI requesters?

Institutional and system gaps impacting information provision

What are the gaps in data management systems and agency processes that hinder the provision of contracting data to potential users?

Opportunities for better access to contracting information

What opportunities are available in terms of hastening people’s access to contracting data using the FOI mechanism?

What have we done so far?

  • DPWH Case Study on FOI
    One of the agencies that the research focused on was the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).  DWPH functions as the Government of the Philippines’ engineering and construction arm tasked to ensuring the safety of all infrastructure facilities and securing for all public works and highways the highest efficiency and quality in construction. AsContinue reading “Home”
  • FOI Research Team Presents in Annual FOI Summit
    To celebrate the the third year of implementation of the Executive Order operationalizing the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program, the FOI – Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) held its annual FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SUMMIT with the theme,“Weaving the Narrative of Good Governance and Public Participation through Access to Information.”  The summit was held at Manila Peninsula Hotel onContinue reading “Home”
  • FOI Research Team Attends Data Security Training
    Step Up Research Manager, Jean Celeste Paredes, and FOI-Research Associate attends the Outcome Harvesting Workshop and Data Security training organized by HIVOS last October 15-17, 2019 at the Bellevue Hotel, Ortigas.  She was joined by FOI-Research partner from the Freedom of Information Project Management Office, Ms. Michelle Manza. The activity is part of the series of activitiesContinue reading “Home”