Freedom of Information

DILG now 100% FOI-compliant

MANILA -- The public is now ensured of better access to official records and documents in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has certified the department as fully compliant with the Freedom of Information (FOI)... Read More

DOJ gets FOI compliance award

MANILA -- The Department of Justice is the latest government agency to be recognized for its compliance with the freedom of information (FOI) initiative of the Duterte administration.This, as the agency received a FOI Certificate of Compliance for the year of 2017 from the Presidential... Read More

100% of gov't agencies upload FOI manuals

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday announced that 100 percent of state agencies have complied with the Freedom of Information (FOI) requirements for the grant of performance-based bonus (PBB).A total of 189 national government agencies (NGAs) under the... Read More

Gov’t info inventories of 37 agencies published in open format

MANILA – In line with the government’s efforts to push for transparency, accountability, and citizen participation, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) published information inventories of 37 national government agencies in reusable format.In a memorandum issued by... Read More

381 state agencies complied with FOI order for bonus grant: PCOO

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office on Wednesday announced that 381 government agencies have complied with the Freedom of Information (FOI) requirements for the grant of performance-based bonus (PPB).As of Dec. 29, 2017, the PCOO said 160 out of 189 national government... Read More

PCOO steps up FOI implementation

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has reaffirmed its leadership role in the implementation of the freedom of information (FOI) program in the executive branch, following the transfer of theFOI Program Monitoring Office (FOI-PMO) to a new home inside Malacañang... Read More

PDEA elated by nomination in 1st FOI awards

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is honored to be nominated during the 1st Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards Ceremony held in Rizal Park Hotel, Manila, its chief said Wednesday.“The nomination was given to PDEA in recognition of its contribution to the FOI programs,... Read More

Sereno: FOI programs in judiciary intact

MANILA -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday said the judiciary had been implementing freedom of information programs (FOI) in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's call for setting up of FOI programs in other branches of government as a measure to further strengthen the... Read More

PCOO leads first exec FOI awards rite

MANILA -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Monday held the first Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards Ceremony at the historic Rizal Park Hotel in Manila.The awarding ceremony aims to recognize the significant contributions of government departments and attached agencies,... Read More

Ilocos Norte, other FOI champions feted next week

LAOAG CITY -- The Ilocos Norte government is set to receive an award as one of the champions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) program a year after its implementation nationwide.Jun Arvin Gudoy, Communications and Media Office chief of Ilocos Norte, confirmed this on Wednesday as provincial... Read More

Local gov't units urged to come up with FOI manual

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) has urged local government units (LGUs) to come up with their own Freedom of Information (FOI) manual in response to the call for transparency and full public disclosure of information.Michelle Manza, engagement lead for the... Read More

On FOI Bill: Where do Filipinos stand?

MANILA --It has been more than a year since the Executive Order (EO) No. 2 or the Right to Information was signed. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, on the other hand, is yet to be passed. How do Filipinos, government agencies see the FOI and the Right to Information?It may be recalled that on... Read More

Gov’t, CSOs want to harmonize FOI, right to privacy

MANILA -- The government and civil society organizations (CSOs) are doing everything to harmonize the Freedom on Information (FOI) and the right to privacy.This was evident as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Right to Know Right Now (R2KRN) Coalition conducted their... Read More

FOI can help in professional dev’t of nurses: Ablan

MANILA – Compassion, dedication and emphatic caring make Filipino nurses among the most sought-after professionals in the world, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Legislative Affairs Michel Kristian R. Ablan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Saturday.Ablan, who... Read More

House leader calls for passage of FOI bill

MANILA -- The chairman of the House Committee on Public Information is calling for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill which has been pending with the Committee on Appropriations since last February.Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy made the call in a press... Read More