The Government of the Philippines committed to implementing EITI on 6 July 2012, through Executive Order No. 79. The following year, in 2013, the Philippines officially became an EITI candidate country. The MSG’s Terms of Reference notes the roles and responsibilities of MSG members.
The PH-EITI work plan, agreed by the MSG, contains the following five objectives for EITI implementation in 2020-2022, reflecting on national priorities in the extractive sector:
1. Improve the platform of commitment for transparency and create a safe space for dialogue and debate on natural resource governance.
2. Maintain an impartial and verified database on the extractives sector.
3. Develop capacities to effectively participate in natural resource governance.
4. Strengthen and expand the linkages of EITI.
5. Formulate and propose policy reforms, including processes and mechanisms of natural resource governance.
An Open Data Policy was agreed in 2016.
PH-EITI is administered by the Multi-stakeholder Group or MSG chaired by the Department of Finance, and composed of representatives of government, industry, and civil society.
- The government is represented by the Department of Finance, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines.
- The industry or business sector is represented by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, and the Petroleum Association of the Philippines.
- Civil society is represented by Bantay Kita-Publish What You Pay Philippines.
The MSG has been involved in Congressional hearings on legislative amendments where provisions on making the EITI mandatory for companies are included.
The EITI has helped create opportunities for dialogue and constructive engagement on issues of extractive industries management, helping to start building trust and reduce conflict between the three constituencies.The PH-EITI Secretariat and MSG have been proactive in ensuring the public accessibility of EITI information both through online channels, in hard copy through dissemination and outreach events and through several ‘use of data’ events.
Name of Chairman of MSG:
Ms Maria Teresa S. HABITAN, Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance, Philippines
Name of National Coordinator:
- Department of Finance
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau
- Department of Energy
- Department of the Interior and Local Government
- The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines