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Freedom of Information - PHILIPPINES
Transcript of Freedom of Information - PHILIPPINES
Despite Constitutional recognition and a number of laws implementing the right to information, is there still a need for
Twenty seven years since the first bill in Congress was filed, the Philippines has yet to pass an FOI Act (FOIA).
The country is shamed by this failure in the context of the global surge for FOI laws.
At least 80 countries—19 in Asia—have nationwide laws which recognize the right to information and access to public records.
To facilitate the right to know;
To provide uniform, simple, and speedy procedure for access to information;
To punish those who violate the right.
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Does the proposed legislation meet these criteria?
FEATURES OF A
RIGHT TO INFORMATION REGIME
Freedom of information legislation should by guided
by the principle of maximum disclosure
OBLIGATION TO PUBLISH
Public bodies should be under an obligation to publish key information
PROMOTION OF OPEN GOVERNMENT
Public bodies must actively promote open government
LIMITED SCOPE OF EXCEPTIONS
Exceptions should be clearly and narrowly drawn and subject to strict “harm” and “public interest” tests
PROCESSES TO FACILITATE ACCESS
Requests for information should be processed rapidly and fairly and an independent review of any refusals should be available
Individuals should not be deterred from making requests
for information by excessive costs
Meetings of public bodies should be open to the public
DISCLOSURE TAKES PRECEDENCE
Laws which are inconsistent with the principle of maximum disclosure should be amended or repealed
PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS
Individuals who release information on wrongdoing – whistleblowers – must be protected
Freedom of information: A comparative legal survey
Right to Know. Right Now!
Freedom of Information
In its first session in 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted
, which states that:
Supreme Court decisions, among which:
Valentin L. Legaspi vs. Civil Service Commission (G.R. No. 72119. May 29, 1987)
Ricardo Valmonte, et al vs. Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (G.R. No. 74930. February 13, 1989)
Executive Order No. 89 (Directing the implementation of a policy of accessibility and transparency in government)
Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees)
The right to information is enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution and recognized in a number of policies.
“The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized.
to official records, and to documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as
basis for policy development
, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to limitations as may be provided by law.”
(Bill of Rights, Article III, Section 7)
“Subject to reasonable conditions prescribed by law, the State adopts and implements a policy of
full public disclosure
of all its transactions involving
(Declaration of Principles and State Policies, Article II, Section 28)
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
A system which requires active engagement and participation of all citizens in decision-making and in governance.
Dismantle the culture of secrecy
Significant to DEMOCRACY
Sign the petition
Isabatas na ang People's FOI #PeoplesFOInow
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
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