The most recent PH-EITI work plan, agreed by the MSG, contains the following five objectives for EITI implementation in 2016, reflecting on national priorities in the extractive sector:
Objective 1: Show direct and indirect contribution of extractives to the economy through the EITI process given that the current data does not provide a complete and accurate picture of the extractive industries’ contribution to the Philippines economy.
Objective 2: Improve public understanding of the management of natural resources and availability of data through a regular flow of information through effective communication (mass media, social media, forums, lecture series and publications).
Objective 3: Strengthen national resource management / strengthen government systems through implementation and institutionalisation of policies to ensure sustainability. Activities under this objective would address the gaps in existing government systems as well as make sure that reforms are firmly in place at times of the administrative changes in the country.
Objective 4: Create opportunities for dialogue and constructive engagement in natural resource management in order to build trust and reduce conflict among stakeholders. It is noted that the forums, dialogues and regular MSG meetings in the past years proved effective in ventilating issues and coming to a common understanding of how such issues may be addressed through the EITI process. Drawing from the positive outcome of stakeholder engagement in previous years the PH EITI plans on undertaking on a more active role of facilitating public engagement.
Objective 5: Pursue and strengthen the extractive sector’s contribution to sustainable development through creating mechanisms for transparency and accountability on national and subnational levels.
The Government of the Philippines committed to implement EITI on 6 July 2012, through Executive Order No. 79. Subsequent to this, Executive Order No. 147 was issued formally creating Philippine EITI. The 2012 statement on EITI by then President Benigno S. Aquino III outlines the reasons for joining the EITI, while the multi-stakeholder statement of commitment to the EITI states the MSG’s principles of engagement. The MSG’s Terms of Reference notes the roles and responsibilities of MSG members, while the MSG’s internal rules regulates its functioning. The Philippines submitted its EITI Candidature application (and annexes) on 5 April 2013 to the EITI Board. The new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte has stressed its call for responsible mining, and has ordered an extensive audit of mining companies.
The MSG has been involved in Congressional hearings on legislative amendments where provisions on making the EITI mandatory for companies are included.