We will share the research reports as soon as they become available. In the meantime, please take a look at project documents and presentations.
Increasing People’s Access to Procurement Information Through the FOI Program: Assessing Bottlenecks, Gaps and Opportunities
This research paper assesses how effective and efficient is using the FOI program of the Philippine government to access public contracting data. Featuring case studies from the Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Transportation, the paper concludes that while there are challenges, there is opportunity to strengthen the FOI program so that it can become an effective means for people to get access to contracting data. At the same time, there is a need to look into proactive disclosure to enable efficient access to regularly requested contracting information.
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AID FOI Tool (Assessing Information Disclosure Practices for FOI Compliance)
This tool is used by the Government of the Philippines’ FOI Project Management Office in assessing information disclosure practices of agencies to identify areas of improvement and opportunities for capacity building.
DOH Case Study
This case study looks at how the Department of Health implements freedom of information in the department with particular focus on providing public contracting information to requesters.
DOTr Case Study
This case study analyzes the Deparment of Transportation’s implementation of the FOI mechanism and the challenges and opportunities in providing contracting data to the public.
Case Study on DPWH
This case study documents how the Department of Public Works and Highways provides contracting data to the public via the FOI mechanism.
This document outlines the background and rationale of the research.
The AID-FOI Tool assesses whether the conditions within an agency are appropriate for FOI mechanisms to be effective. It assesses whether the agency possesses the critical elements that will enable it to perform proactive disclosure of open agency data. For purposes of the assessment AID-FOI Tool draws heavily from the work of the Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program that specifies a set of indicators to assess FOI implementation. This was developed through this project. For more information about the Carter Center’s tool that assesses FOI implementation, please see https://www.cartercenter.org/peace/ati/IAT/index.html
This file shows the nature and progress of discussion of the research workshop conducted by the research team together with the Freedom of Information Project Management Office of the Philippine Government.
Workshop Slides May 2019Download
The research team lead was one of the speakers of the recent FOI Forum conducted by the Philippine Government at Hotel Jen, Manila.
Presentation slides – FOI Forum 26 June 2019Download
Research team lead, Michael Canares, was invited to keynote the annual provincial integrity forum of the province of South Cotabato where he shared the stage together with the provincial governor, Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr.
Making Governance Work – Gensan PresentationDownload