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The Union OF Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) invited the PS-PhilGEPS to participate as one of the lead convenors in the “Innovative Solutions to Open Government Partnership (ISOGP)” which was attended by Local Government Units (LGUs) from Regions III, IV-A, IV- B, V and NCR. The activity was held last February 27, 2015 at the Microsoft Office in Makati City.

The ISOGP is a follow through event to the Good Governance Dialogue Regional Fora, the main objective of which is to cascade the country’s commitments to the Open Government Partnership primarily on budget reforms and fiscal transparency. ISOGP intends to bring private partners to the LGUs that will help them to implement the technology-based OGP projects and programs in their locality.

The one day event was an opportunity for LGUs to be provided with presentations on programs and digital solutions that will further enhance their capacity to implement projects on good governance and enhance transparency in their processes. Director Rosa Maria Clemente of PhilGEPS expounded on the thrusts of PhilGEPS to engage local government units to register and use the web-based system to post important and appropriate information on their procurement activities and gather information as they plan their procurement.

The partners commit to provide technology-based and innovative solutions to the local government units to help them localize and achieve the Philippines’ Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments. The partners unite into a coalition henceforth called as the “Innovative Technologies Coalition”.The activity was organized by ULAP together with Microsoft Philippines, the National University of Singapore – Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, Open Data Philippines, PLDT, GalingPook Foundation, Ayala Foundation, Access Health International – Philippines, Civika Foundation and 162 to 52 Coalition for Accelerating Collective Action towards Achieving Maternal and Child Health.

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