News Release

Secretary Andanar to Congress: Pass FOI Law

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday renewed calls for legislators to support and pass the Freedom of Information Bill in the remainder of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

During the Annual FOI Awards, Secretary Andanar said that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Program in the executive branch has already proved itself useful in promoting effective governance and ensuring public welfare, especially in crisis situations.

“Our countrymen, as much as possible without demand, should be provided with timely and relevant information. On behalf of PCOO, I am one with the FOI-PMO in pushing for the passage of the FOI Bill,” he said.

He noted that it is high-time for the Philippines to have an all-encompassing FOI mechanism.

“We owe it to the Filipino people to have an all-encompassing FOI mechanism in the country. I appeal to our lawmakers to double the time and effort in making the change happen before the end of this administration,” he said.

The PCOO chief also said that he is looking forward to FOI being implemented across all branches of the government and down to the local government units (LGUs).   

“Our desire for development requires transparency and accountability; and this is no one man’s job. The fulfillment of our vision requires cooperation and collective action. Ergo, no efforts and not a single dime shall be put in vain when it is for the benefit of our countrymen,” he said.

The annual FOI Award is a national recognition conferred by the PCOO through the Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI–PMO) on individuals, organizations and agencies that had made their significant contributions and advancements in promoting better access to information in the country.