“Freedom of Information” Caravan in Tacloban
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) under the Office of the President conducted an FOI Caravan in 2 cities – Tacloban and Ormoc in Eastern Visayas.
Barely 2 months after assuming the Presidency – President Rodrigo Duterte signed in July 2016, Executive Order No. 02 s. 2016 directing all agencies and offices of the Executive Branch to insure transparency and accessibility in the release and dissemination of Information concerning their respective agencies to any citizen of the Republic who requests information.
However, Classified information – information that may endanger the security of our country and its residents are not included in this Executive Order.
Although the Legislative Branch, the Judiciary, Local Government Units, and Constitutional Bodies are not included in the Executive Order – all of these bodies are encouraged to respect this Freedom of Information which is an extension of the Freedom of Speech – a basic human right.
The FOI Caravan was aimed at presenting a better understanding of the FOI Program which the PCOO expects Local Units to underscore and adopt.
An ordinance which can be passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Sangguniang Bayan can legalize the adoption of measures ensuring this Freedom of Information.
The FOI Caravan reached Tacloban last November 27, 2017 during which a Symposium attended by local government and barangay officials – the academe – media – the business sector – private sector was held at the City Hall Training Center.