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The PCOO’s executive director proposes transparency initiatives for the Philippine government.

During a panel discussion at the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information, and Personal Data Protection’s (INAI) anti-corruption conference in Mexico last week, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Kristian Ablan presented the Philippine government’s initiatives to promote transparency and accountability.

During the panel session entitled Citizen engagement, openness, and accountability: vital tools in the fight against corruption, Ablan, program director of the Freedom of Information (FOI), also emphasized citizen access to public information.

He discussed the Department of Budget and Management’s Project DIME (Digital Information for Monitoring and Evaluation), the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s DevLIVE app, the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Open Data, the Government Procurement Policy Board website, the electronic FOI Portal, the Philippine Transparency Seal, Transparency roadshows, and Dagyaw townhall discussions.

“We execute these operations and make these platforms available to the public so that individuals can verify or countercheck the projects that their government is working on.” We maintain the integrity of public finances in this way,” Ablan explained.

The panel’s goals were to address how citizen engagement, transparency, and accountability regimes may help prevent activities that defame integrity, as well as to hear from guarantor entities, international organizations, and civil society groups.

Rodrigo Mora, Chief of Staff of the Chilean Transparency Council, Mariana Campos, Senior Technical Officer of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime in Mexico Aran Mayola, and INAI Commissioner Josefina Román are among the other panelists.

Ileana Hidalgo, INAI’s Access to Information Secretary, moderated the panel discussion.

INAI’s anti-corruption conference – Transparencia para combatir la corrupción: un camino hacia 2030 (Transparency to fight corruption: a path towards 2030) – featured an opening ceremony and three-panel sessions, where officials from INAI and national government bodies addressed the audience and issued a call to action.

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