The Government of the Philippines launched Open Data Philippines (ODP), the program to make government data more accessible to the public by supplying data in open and machine-readable formats, and stimulating public demand.

For its policy instrument to support the program, the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2014-01 of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) was issued on 22 January 2014. The JMC No. 2015-01 was also issued to supplement the said JMC No.2014-01 and to provide guidelines in the implementation of Section 26 in the General Provisions Act No. 10651 of the FY 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

In accordance therewith, the Department (Justice) issued Department Circular No. 033 dated 30 June 2015 to implement the Open Government Data.

In compliance with JMC No. 2015-01 and Department Circular No. 033, the Parole and Probation Administration has constituted an Agency Open Data Team (Special Order No. 377 series 2015 dated 31 July 2015) with the following functions: (a) Coordinate with offices/units on available/applicable data; (b) Create and maintain an agency data inventory; (c) Identify priority datasets for publication consistent with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, government/Department plans, programs, and reform initiatives, as well as inputs/feedback from stakeholders concerned; and (d) Monitor compliance of datasets to the Open Data Policy.

Furthermore, the Agency has identified the following data sets to be in open format:

a) Probation Investigation Statistical Data

b) Probation Supervision Statistical Data

c) Pre-Parole/Executive Clemency Investigation Statistical Data

d) Parole Supervision Statistical Data

e) Pardon Supervision Statistical Data