Pres. Duterte signs eFOI
President Rodrigo Duterte has issued the Executive Order last July 23, 2016. This serves as a sign of transparency in his administration by giving the people’s right to information. Today, Malacañang launches the eFOI portal or the freedom of information site.
Photo by: Presidential Photographers Division/Karl Alonzo
Through this page, the public will have access to documents and information they need from the 15 national government agencies that are currently participating in the program. Some of these are the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., National Archives of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police.
“These offices include the departments of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Budget and Management (DBM), Finance (DOF), Justice (DOJ), Health (DOH) and Transportation (DOTr); the Presidential Communications Office, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Archives of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, Presidential Commission on Good Government, Office of the Solicitor General and Public Attorney’s Office.”
Although, Philippine Star reports that not every data is available for viewing. For example, those relating to national security or those affecting privacy like minors and victims will still remain to be private. The Order is also limited only to the executive branch pending the passage of a law.
The site is still in its beta stage but we have those 15 identities composed of departments and agancies to get necessary information from.