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House panel hears FOI bills, aims for swift passage

11 October 2016 No Comment



Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

The House Committee on Public Information conducted Tuesday the first hearing in the 17th Congress of the proposals for a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.  The panel, chaired by ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio, heard initial comments of several government agencies and FOI advocates on 30 bills, a resolution, and a privilege speech on the proposed FOI law, then created a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate them.  Approval of the bill by the House is targeted to be by end of 2016.

“With his issuance of Executive Order 2 on FOI, President Duterte has already sent a strong go signal for Congress to enact an FOI law,” said Tinio.  “And considering that FOI has been languishing in Congress for nearly three decades now, we aim to come up with a harmonized FOI bill and have it approved by the House as soon as possible, by the end of this year.”

“Of course, we will ensure substantial consultations not only with government agencies but also with concerned sectors—all towards crafting a genuine FOI that will guarantee the widest access to information on matters of public concern,” added Tinio.

The TWG is slated to convene by end of next week, before Congress goes on session break. ###

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