The Duterte administration welcomed reports regarding the Philippines as the top Asian country in terms of budget transparency and assured the public that the government will continuously commit on providing Filipinos easy access to budget information.
According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, the survey result is a recognition for the government’s commitment in upholding transparency and accountability in government.
“With the signing of Executive Order No. 2 or the Freedom of Information, we guarantee that the public will continue to have easy access to substantial budget information,” Roque said.
The Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2017 conducted by non-profit research group International Budget Partnership (IBP) granted the Philippines a score of 67 out of 100, earning the top spot next to Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea.
“This makes the Philippines number one in Asia for budget transparency. We rank 19th worldwide,” Roque said.
Roque also said that the OBS is an independent and comparative measure of budget transpareny with 109 indicators like pre-budget statement, executive’s budget proposal, enacted budget, citizens budget, in-year reports, mid-year review, year-end report, and audit report.