Philippines Delegation Meets Korean Partners to Discuss Transparency and Efficiency in Public Construction Management

Jul 12, 2018

As part of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC)’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP), a study visit was organized on 10-12 July 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, providing the ground for policymakers from the Philippines to engage in knowledge exchange with experts from Seoul’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters (SMIH) on Korea’s Clean Construction System (CCS). The Philippines delegation, headed by Ms. Josephine Leysa, Head Executive Assistant of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), included provincial Governors, as well as officials from DILG, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, 98 Labs/Google, and UNDP Philippines.

First introduced in 2012, CCS aims to achieve efficiency, accountability, and transparency in Seoul’s public construction management through the full digitization of construction processes and real-time public disclosure of information on public construction projects. The partnership with the Philippines focuses on two main components of CCS – One-Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) and construction information disclosure system (or “Allimi”). By digitizing the reporting process of Seoul’s some 17,350 public construction projects, One-PMIS has reduced the manual reporting workload of project managers and enhanced transparent data sharing among all project participants. Data on One-PMIS is automatically transferred to the “Allimi” website, through which citizens can access real-time information on construction projects, ranging from contract and payment details to weekly progress and safety records.

The Philippines is currently taking both national- and provincial-level initiatives to enhance transparency and efficiency in its road construction management, namely to establish a uniform construction management system for provincial road projects and encourage citizen monitoring of public construction. The Philippines delegation took away lessons from Korea’s experience, to potentially implement relevant features of CCS within the Philippines’ unique context and existing systems.

One of the study mission’s highlights was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and DILG, who agreed to further cooperate and exchange policies and systems in the public infrastructure and construction sector.

The three-day study mission programme consisted of a series of presentations by practitioners of SMIH on the main features of One-PMIS and Allimi. In addition, officials from relevant divisions of SMG shared their knowledge and expertise on other institutional tools, including on Seoul’s road construction management, urban solutions policies, and its integrated complaint handling mechanism (or “Eungdapso”). The delegation also visited one of Seoul’s currently ongoing road construction sites to witness the daily on-site use of One-PMIS. Active Q&A sessions and in-depth discussions conveyed the strong will of the delegation to internalize the concept of CCS and identify elements that are most relevant to the Philippines context.

In the debriefing session, the delegation presented their follow-up action plan to adapt some of the relevant elements of Seoul’s CCS to the context of the Philippines, including data standardization and digitization, incorporation of safety management standards, data safeguard mechanisms, and measures for institutionalizing the system in the country. In order to facilitate the objectives ahead, the Philippines partners plan to conduct a series of stakeholder consultations and pilot the contextualized system in select provinces before implementing the system nationwide.

In the period of 2015-2017, USPC implemented DSP projects in the area of anti-corruption and transparency with Vietnam, Ukraine, Jordan, Uganda, and Thailand to share the CCS tool. In 2018, USPC began its second phase of the anti-corruption DSP on CCS with the Philippines and Tunisia. DSP is USPC’s programmatic approach to share Korea’s innovative, tested-and-proven policy tools with other countries through UNDP’s global network. The DSP programme does not seek to “cut and paste” Korea’s experiences but rather to share them as a reference point to inspire, implement, and/or advocate relevant initiatives that are relevant in each country’s particular context.

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