The Bohol government and civil society partnership wowed the delegates and other participants to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 51st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Manila on Friday.
Gov. Edgar Chatto was invited to speak but ably represented by his chief of staff, Liza Quirog.
Bohol has been considered a Philippine model in open government partnership (OGP).
The ADB meeting this year carried the theme “Localizing Open Government Partnership: Pushing the Boundaries of Local Governance.”
Quirog wowed the ADB audience with the Bohol provincial government and civil society organization collaboration.
The partnership has led the province to have functional open legislation and budgeting processes.
Quirog articulated Bohol’s overarching development framework, sustaining transparent and participatory budgeting process, responsive policies and laws through open legislation, and multi-stakeholder engagement.
She talked during the Civil Society Program of the ADB Governor’s Meeting at the ADB Headquarters in Manila on Friday.
Emilia Roslinda, president of the Bohol Association of Non-Government Organizations (BANGON), presented the gain side of the civil society groups in Bohol.
There were only four others, all foreigners, invited to speak during the ADB meeting’s featured time for local government-civil society partnership.
They were Brittany Giroux Lane, program manager, Subnational Government Pilot Program, OGP Support Unit; Joko Purwanto, board director, Bojonegoro Institute of Indonesia; Undral Gombodorj, director, Democracy Education Center of Mongolia; and Chiara Bronchi, deputy director general and concurrently chief thematic officer, SDCC-ADB.
The ADB is an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through loans, grants, research and technical assistance to its member countries, as well as investments in private companies.