Freedom of Information

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

Duterte admin hopeful of FOI law passage in 2020

MANILA -- The Duterte administration is hopeful the Freedom of Information Law will be passed in 2020, a ranking Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) official said Wednesday."We would like to hit the ground running, hopefully, we get an FOI Law this time next year," PCOO Assistant... Read More

Seek info from gov’t, PCOO exec tells Ilonggos

ILOILO CITY -- Ilonggos are encouraged to ask for information about services, programs and other initiatives made available by the Duterte administration.Lawyer Kristian R. Ablan, Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) assistant secretary and Freedom of Information (FOI) program... Read More

PCOO chief urges maximum FOI use

MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar urged the people on Friday to maximize the use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte."Kung hindi ninyo gagamitin, wala din (If you will not use FOI, it does... Read More

Freedom of information removes barriers of falsehood: Andanar

LEGAZPI CITY -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar on Tuesday cited the importance of freedom of information (FOI) in strengthening democracy in the country as it removes barriers of falsehood.Andanar, along with other officials of the PCOO,... Read More

Gov't to form body to review denied FOI requests

MANILA -- Government agencies are set to establish an appeals committee to review Freedom of Information (FOI) requests denied for release, the FOI Project Management Office announced Friday.In a memorandum circular issued by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the lead agency... Read More

97% of nat'l gov’t agencies now FOI compliant: Andanar

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday said 97 percent of national government agencies have already enrolled in the Freedom of Information (FOI) program.“Actually nasa 97 percent na ng ating mga national government agencies ang... Read More

FOI to aid in fight vs. disinformation, fake news: Andanar

MANILA -- The best way to combat disinformation and fake news in today's fast-paced information dissemination era lies in the government's effective Freedom of Information (FOI) program, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.In his address at the 2018 FOI... Read More

Gov’t ready to fix Freedom of Information's flaws

MANILA -- The Freedom of Information (FOI) program is far from perfect, but a top communications official on Wednesday said the only way to improve it is to identify its weaknesses and learn from them.Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan made this... Read More

DILG, PCOO call on LGUs to adopt FOI vs. corruption

MANILA --- With the Freedom of Information (FOI) fully working at the national level, it is now the turn of local government units (LGUs) to adopt a system of giving the public access to information at the local level.To help realize this, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)... Read More

PCOO lauds Bohol for FOI ordinance

TAGBILARAN CITY -- No less than the Freedom of Information-Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) commended the Province of Bohol for being first in coming up with an FOI ordinance.Governor Edgar Chatto said Sunday he received last week a... Read More

Masbate approves FOI ordinance

MANILA -- Masbate province on Monday approved an ordinance that operationalizes Freedom of Information in the local government, becoming the first province in the Bicol region to pass such measure.The achievement was made possible through the initiative of Vice Governor Kaye Revil.Over the past two... Read More

Exec hails signing of EODB Act; new law supplements FOI programs

MANILA -- An official of the government's Freedom of Information (FOI) program on Wednesday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Ease of Doing Business Act, saying the law complements FOI’s projects in promoting transparency, accountability and proper management of public... Read More

Add’l FOI criteria included in eligibility to FY 2018 bonus

MANILA — The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems recently released the guidelines on the grant of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, approved and signed by Budget Secretary... Read More

PNP: Creation of FOI office shows commitment to transparency

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday reiterated its continued commitment to transparency as it bared the creation of a Freedom of Information (FOI) section for the institution.In a statement, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said "the PNP is committed to disclose to the... Read More

PCOO, DILG tie up to ‘localize’ FOI efforts

MANILA — The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday published a draft Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on localizing the Freedom of Information (FOI) program to gather feedback from its various stakeholders.The... Read More

All 189 national gov’t agencies now FOI-compliant

BAGUIO CITY -- All of the 189 national government agencies (NGAs) are now fully compliant with the Freedom of Information (FOI) law as of March 6, 2018, giving Filipinos an easier time accessing public data from these offices.Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary for Policy and Special... Read More

GSIS leads latest batch of GOCCs onboard eFOI platform

MANILA -- A total of 32 Government–Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) including the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) are now onboard the electronic Freedom of Information (eFOI) portal... Read More

FOI answer to fake news: PCOO exec

DAVAO CITY-- One of the best ways to combat disinformation and fake news is the Freedom of Information (FOI), an official of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) said on Monday.“There is so much disinformation you see on social media, on TV, on the broadsheets and on... Read More

PCOO eyes creation of FOI Advisory Committee

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Wednesday it is eyeing the creation of a special committee to oversee the implementation of the executive branch’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program.“We are now exploring the creation of the FOI Advisory Committee... Read More