OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 1
This document summarizes feedback on the Philippines National Action Pla...
OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 2
Revisions of current NAP:
In the “relevance” section of this commitment ...
OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 3
The “Main Objective” section should list the 5 objectives identified by ...
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Natural Resource Working Group feedback on The Philippines National Action Plan - July 13 2015

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  • 1. OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 1 This document summarizes feedback on the Philippines National Action Plan from the Openness on Natural Resources Working Group co-anchors, which includes the World Resources Institute and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the Philippines to deepen its commitment to openness in this critical sector. We are happy to discuss further and to answer any questions. Commitment #4: Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) The expansion of the SGH into the SGLG is a great accomplishment. The Working Group sees the inclusion of “environmental management” as an opportunity to introduce natural resource transparency, accountability, and participation at the municipal level. We look forward to working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to see how this component of SGLG might be expanded to include these issues. Revisions of current NAP: Civil society should have a role to play in local level assessments as well. For example, Bantay Kita has developed local level monitoring & assessment tools for use by civil society in measuring the extent of local government transparency, the effectiveness of local governance structures, and the accuracy of subnational payments. The tools are intended to be a separate/parallel initiative to the PH-EITI report. Opportunities for future NAPs: One of the ongoing performance indicators for the National Govermentt is “Indicators enhanced and scaled-up every year.” The “Environmental Management” indicator is currently somewhat limited to waste management. To enhance this indicator, we suggest including detailed data disclosure on the natural resource concessions granted within each municipality for Forestry, Mining, Agriculture, Water Extraction, and Biofuel. Crossover opportunities with other Commitments: Include sub-national extractive industry transparency components in SGLG (as is required for EITI compliance according to the updated EITI standard of January 2015) Commitment #7: Open Data Philippines (ODP) The ODP presents a great opportunity to host natural resource information. However, this commitment is unspecific in its description of which types of data it will include. We realize that the idea is to include all data, but we would like to get a clearer sense of which issues (and data sets) have the greatest and most immediate need for transparency and data disclosure. Philippines National Action Plan: Feedback from the Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 13 July 2015
  • 2. OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 2 Revisions of current NAP: In the “relevance” section of this commitment it states: “ODP regularly conducts capacity building activities such as trainings, boot camps, consultations and developer competitions or hackathons for government agencies, civil society, academics and the private sector.” This promotional effort could be included as one of the measurable milestones of the commitment. Opportunities for future NAPs: Include a function to allow submissions of data-sets by CSOs. This is an example of a public participation initiative which essentially outsources the function of information gathering and aggregation from the government to the citizens. Prioritize natural resource data sets which have been identified as lacking.  Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)  Wastewater discharge and air emission permit violations  Extractive industry licenses and permits  Forest use contracts Crossover opportunities with other Commitments: PH-EITI reports and all their supporting documents should be produced in a “machine readable” form and included in ODP. All SGLG data should be included on ODP as part of its annual assessment procedure. Commitment #8: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) As the only explicitly natural resource based commitment, the group applauds the movement towards EITI compliance and national EITI legislation. We would like to see the EITI move beyond the compliance standards and address natural resource issues which are nationally specific to the Philippines. Revisions of current NAP: The commitment wording itself could use revision. The EITI now goes well beyond just fiscal transparency so the commitment could be broader (e.g. Improve extractive sector transparency and governance).
  • 3. OGP Openness in Natural Resources Working Group 3 The “Main Objective” section should list the 5 objectives identified by the PH-EITI Multi Stakeholder Group:  Show direct and indirect contribution of extractives to the economy (through EITI process)  Improve public understanding of the management of natural resources and availability of data  Strengthen national resource management / strengthen government systems  Create opportunities for dialogue and constructive engagement in natural resource management in order to build trust and reduce conflict among stakeholders  Strengthen business environment and increase investments The “Brief description,” “Relevance,” and “Ambition” sections should be modified to describe EITI as being about extractive industry transparency in general, rather than specifically about extractive industry revenues. Utilization of EITI data shouldn't be only in the civil society checklist. It should also be a key part of government commitments (e.g. analysis of EITI data when considering policy decisions). More clarity on the audit of Bantay Kita. It’s not clear who is auditing whom, and why. Opportunities for future NAPs: Expansion of EITI reporting into nationally relevant sectors. Suggested sectors include:  Mineral exploration  Cement Industries  Geothermal & Hydro-energy industries  Forestry & Logging  Agriculture (large scale banana, pineapple, and palm oil plantations) Commitment to produce PH-EITI reports in machine readable open data format so that they can be added to ODP and other open data initiatives. Crossover opportunities with other Commitments: PH-EITI reports and supporting documents should be published on ODP. PH-EITI should utilize ongoing SGLG indicator enhancement efforts in order to comply with the subnational transfer requirements of the latest EITI standard. Technical Note: The “brief description” section appears to have been cutoff mid-sentence at the 140 character limit.

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