As a catalyst of “grassroots electronic democracy,” Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso has signed his first executive order adopting an “Open Governance” policy in the Manila City government.

Under Executive Order No. 1, Domagoso ordered all city government issuances to be published on the official media platforms of the city within 24 hours upon issuance and or approval.

These issuances include executive orders, appointments, ordinances, and approval of projects and activities, among others.

“All procurement and bidding activities, contract signings, official meetings of the City Officers shall be streamed live online via Facebook and/or other social media platforms,” the executive order read.

Likewise, all city government departments are ordered to designate their respective social media officer to create their accounts on Facebook and Twitter where they are expected to regularly announce and provide updates on their programs, projects and activities.

The new Mayor also instructed new city government leaders to crowdsource feedback and adopt “new ways of thinking” from the public via social media in implementing policies, programs and projects.

The City Public Information Officer shall be the lead officer in ensuring the operationalisation of this policy, the order read.