A total of 280 participants attended the recently concluded Open Government Participatory Governance (OGP) Regional Dialogues for the Visayas Cluster hosted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office 6 last January 30-31, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, SM City Bacolod, Bacolod City.
Participants from Civil Society Organizations, Academe, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Public Sector Unions, Business Sectors, National Anti-Poverty Commission Basic Sectors, Kilusang Pagbabago, USAID, CODE-NGO, DAI, Galing Pook Foundation, Local Government Units, Media, different National Government Agency’s such as Department of Budget and Management, DILG, Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office and Department of Finance were present during the dialogue.

Resource Speakers focused their discussion on the Participatory Governance Cluster (PGC) proposed initiatives, the 2016 Philippine CSO Sustainability Index Report, Roadmap on improving local governance, sub-national commitment and plans, 2018 National Budget and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
The regional dialogue also aimed to enable the public to understand, rationalize and implement national government programs and projects based on area-specific realities, strengthen consultation mechanism to ensure effective implementation of programs and projects and to propose policies, programs and projects that would foster participatory governance and build the capacities of local government units.
The Philippines is one of the founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a unique international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that strengthen governance. (DMO II Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)