Friday, April 7, 2017

PCOO brings FOI to Bohol
through “Ugnayan” forum

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 6, (PIA)—In furtherance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal drive to effect transparency in government with the signing of the executive order making information accessible, a team from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) comes here Monday to discuss on the Freedom of Information (FOI). 

A multi-sectoral forum entitled “Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress would have the FOI and the Presidential Executive Order No. 2, the Philippine ASEAN 2017 Chairmanship, the priority plans and Programs of the Duterte Administration and Trade and Industry impacts of the ASEAN in Central Visayas bill as among the key subjects for the half day dialogue set April 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Bohol Tropics Resort, Tagbilaran City. 

Invited for the multi sectoral forum are Provincial Government officials and Chiefs of Offices, Mayors, Liga ng mga Barangay chairmen, Barangay Secretaries League town presidents, information officers, students and key private sector representatives. 

Set to help spread the understanding about the FOI, the ASEAN and the key programs of the Duterte Administration, the dialog could engage communities to demand for the passing of a full information disclosure law that would include the legislative and the judiciary.

The FOI is the government’s response to the call for transparency and full public disclosure of information, government sources said. 

It is a government mechanism, which allows Filipino citizens to request any information about the government transactions and operations, provided that it shall not put into jeopardy privacy and matters of national security.

The FOI mechanism for the Executive Branch is enabled via Executive Order (EO) No. 2, series of 2016 signed by President Duterte on July 23, 2016.

EO 2 is the enabling order for FOI and operationalizes in the Executive Branch the People’s Constitutional right to information. 

It also provides the State policies to full public disclosure and transparency in the public service.

Through FOI, citizens are empowered to make a formal request to get information held by the government, barring certain sensitive and important data related to the nation's security. 

FOI complements continuing proactive information disclosure efforts where agencies are duty-bound to publish information in the spirit of openness and transparency.

FOI has been an integral element President Duterte’s Good Governance Plan aligned to reforms and initiatives that pursue greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance.

To date, around 64 government agencies have committed to open their processes to the public. 

These include Apo Production Unit, the government’s printer, Bureau of Fire Protection, Jail Management and Penology, Cebu Ports Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Clark International Airport Corporation, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Departments of Budget and Management, Environment and Natural Resources, Finance, Health, Information Communication Technology, Justice. 

Transportation and Communication, Interior and Local Government, Energy Regulatory Commission, Games and Amusement Board, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Land Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, Light Rail Transit Authority, Local Government Academy, Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Manila International Airports Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, National Archives of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Economic Development Authority, National Police Commission, National Printing Office, News and Information Bureau, North Luzon Railways Corporation. 

Offices of Transportation Security, Transportation Cooperatives, Government Corporate Counsel, Solicitor General, Office of the President, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Academy, Ports Authority, People’s Television Network, Philhealth, Aerospace Devt Corp., Broadcasting Services, Commission on Women, Drug Enforcement Agency, Institute for Development Studies. 

National Police, National Railways, Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, Public Safety College, Statistical Research and Training Institute, Statistics Authority, Presidential Commission on Good Government, Communications Office, Legislative Liaison Office, Management Staff, Procurement Service, Public Attorney’s Office, Public-Private partnership Center, Tariff Commission and Toll Regulatory Board. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
The Presidential Communications Office brings to Bohol on Monday, UGNAYAN: dialogue for progress, which would tackle the FOI, ASEAN as well as the PRRD priority plans and programs. The forum which would have mayors, ABCs and sectors would be at Bohol Tropics from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. (PIABohol) 

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