Korea’s ‘Clean Construction System’ for enhancing transparency in the public construction sector shared with the Philippines

Mar 27, 2018

On 27 March 2018, a high-level webinar was held with UNDP Seoul Policy Center (USPC), Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), as well as representatives from UNDP Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget and Management of the Republic of the Philippines, and Google. The webinar provided an opportunity to share SMG’s experiences and lessons learnt on operating Korea’s Clean Construction System (CCS) and discuss further implementation of the system in the Philippines. Mr. Hakjin Kim, Assistant Mayor of Seoul, stated that he “sincerely hopes that today’s webinar could contribute to enhancing transparency and accountability in the Philippines’ public construction sector by sharing SMG’s experience and know-how on CCS.”

CCS is an anti-corruption tool that aims to enhance transparency and integrity in the public construction sector. The system won the prestigious UN Public Service Award in 2013. SMG provided a detailed presentation on Seoul’s CCS, introducing two sub-systems of the CCS – One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) and Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”). One-PMIS is a digitalized reporting system that discloses information on public construction projects for relevant stakeholders to access. It also established a more transparent reporting line by eliminating conventional paper-reporting process. Information stored in One-PMIS is then automatically sent to the “Allimi” website for public access. SMG stressed that these two systems have contributed to reducing corruption within public construction processes in Korea over the years. Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist at USPC, provided further in-depth information, introducing the actual One-PMIS menus with real-life examples, and underlying the importance of identifying the needs and parameters of the Philippines first to build their own system where some of the CCS elements could later be added.

Ms. Lynn Ilaya, Assistant Director of DILG, joined the discussion by providing an overview of the role of DILG and its projects, such as Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMPG) and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). In particular, she shared the challenges of monitoring these projects, and expressed interest in learning from this knowledge exchange to address these issues.

Throughout the interactive Q&A section, participants from the Philippines discussed their areas of interest within the infrastructure sector such as information disclosure, the use of web-cameras, and project performance and tracking features. In his closing remarks, Mr. Balázs Horváth, the Director of USPC, reiterated Korea and UNDP Seoul Policy Centre’s readiness and willingness to support the Philippines’ contextualization plan. DILG also expressed their enthusiasm for knowledge exchange, and fully understood that they need to design and enhance their existing system based on the lessons of CCS for a successful and sustainable system implementation. The Webinar was one of the first steps to establish a more concrete and targeted cooperation between the two countries. This partnership is part of USPC’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) project, which aims to share Korea’s knowledge and expertise with developing countries to promote sustainable development.