Freedom of Information

Keep eFOI accessible to public, next admin urged

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday hoped that President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will keep the electronic Freedom of Information (eFOI) portal available to the public to promote government transparency and accountability. This, as acting deputy presidential spokesperson and... Read More

FOI vital for gov't transparency, accountability: PCOO exec

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary and acting deputy presidential spokesperson Michel Kristian “Kris” Ablan believes that the Freedom of Information (FOI) policy under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be vital in... Read More

FOI promotes open, participatory gov't: CHR

MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday said the Freedom of Information (FOI) has contributed to the "promotion of an open and participatory government."CHR executive director, lawyer Jacqueline Ann de Guia, welcomed the recommendation of the Presidential Communications... Read More

Congress urged to pass FOI bill before Duterte's term ends

MANILA – It's time to have an all-encompassing Freedom of Information (FOI) mechanism in the Philippines, a Palace official said Thursday as he renewed his call for Congress to pass a FOI Bill before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends.In a prerecorded video message during the FOI... Read More

Voters urged to use FOI in choosing next leaders

CEBU CITY – The Freedom of Information (FOI) can be a good tool to learn more about the candidates and help voters make wiser choices in the May 9, 2022 elections, a ranking official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said on Tuesday.In his message during the 2021 FOI... Read More

PSA releases 2019 FLEMMS FOI-related rider queries results  

MANILA – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) officially released the results of the 2019 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) rider questions on access to information.In an effort to institutionalize access to information in the country, the Presidential... Read More

PCOO-FOI joins 12th int’l meet for info execs

MANILA – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through its Freedom of Information–Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), participated and presented in the two-day closed session of the 12th International Conference for Information Commissioners (ICIC) held virtually... Read More

PCOO-FOI bags NPC Privacy Awareness Week award

MANILA – The Freedom of Information Program Management Office (FOI - PMO), under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), was one of the awardees during the first Privacy Awareness Week 2021 (PAW 2021) Awards organized by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Friday.The... Read More

PCOO partners with DAP for FOI officers’ certification course

MANILA – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize the creation of a Certification Course for Information Officers.The virtual signing event was held last March 10 and... Read More

PCOO-FOI releases guidelines on vexatious requests

MANILA – To address the growing number of vexatious requests cloaked under the citizen’s Right of Information, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information - Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), has issued detailed guidelines for all FOI... Read More

DAP offers Freedom of Information course

MANILA – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), is launching its first online course on Freedom of Information – a first of its kind in the country. Dubbed as the Freedom of Information: An... Read More

FOI awards highlight increased gov't transparency efforts

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held its 3rd edition of the FOI (Freedom of Information) Awards on Thursday to recognize government offices as well as non-government organizations that have made significant progress in providing Filipinos their right to access... Read More

Occidental Mindoro 19th LGU to approve FOI ordinance

MANILA -- The province of Occidental Mindoro became the 19th local government unit (LGU) to localize the Freedom of Information (FOI) after it recently passed the landmark FOI ordinance.The FOI Ordinance of 2019, as the provincial government termed, entitles every Filipino resident of Occidental... Read More

Champion FOI in your communities, Andanar tells youth

MANILA -- The youth can help make the country a “better place” by promoting right to information in communities, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.Andanar raised this challenge to the youth during the International Day for Universal Access... Read More

PCOO kicks off 1st access to info fest in PH

MANILA-- The Philippine government on Friday joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day for Access to Information (IDUAI) by organizing the first access to information festival in Manila."The Presidential Communications Operations Office, being the lead agency tasked for the... Read More

FOI goes on full blast in Pasig City

PASIG CITY – As the first local government unit (LGU) in the National Capital Region to pass an FOI ordinance, and the first LGU to implement the FOI Library Project, Pasig City has accomplished another feat as the first LGU to be onboard the electronic FOI (eFOI) portal.With its inclusion in... Read More

PCOO exec presses LGUs to pass FOI ordinance

CEBU CITY – A ranking official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Tuesday enjoined local government units (LGUs) in the country to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) ordinance that will provide the public easy access to information.Assistant Secretary Kristian... Read More

Pasig City, FOI PH ink Library project partnership

MANILA – Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” N. Sotto and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kristian R. Ablan on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program in... Read More

Effective records management key to successful FOI program

MANILA -- Effective record management system is the key to the successful implementation of the government’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program, an official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said on Wednesday.“You can only have a successful FOI program if the... Read More

Gov't urges LGUs to pass FOI ordinances

MANILA -- More opportunities await cities and municipalities that will pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) ordinance, a ranking Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) official said Wednesday."Having a transparency ordinance or FOI ordinance will enable a municipality to get more... Read More