26.1 C
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Home News Top Stories House panel okays FOI bill

House panel okays FOI bill


THE House Committee on Public Information has approved the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that will make government activities transparent.

The panel, led by Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list, consolidated 35 versions of the FOI measure that will cover all government agencies in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches as well as constitutional bodies.

“We are working for the swift enactment into law of the FOI bill, considering that this is one of the priorities of the Duterte administration. We hope that, with the support of the House leadership, we will soon be able to take up the FOI bill in plenary,” Tinio said in a statement.


Tinio said the FOI bill embodies two aspects of the “right to information” as mandated by the 1987 Constitution: full public disclosure and citizens’ access to information.

“Full public disclosure provides that every Filipino, without the need of request, should be able to get information on government records and transactions. The approved FOI also reiterates the Constitution’s mandate to disclose the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth of certain officials,” Tinio said.

“The policy of full public disclosure is not fully fleshed out in our current laws. The FOI bill seeks to address that gap,” he added.

The FOI measure, however, still has a lengthy list of exceptions contained in two pages.

The general exceptions include information on national security; classified information (subject to mandatory declassification review after six years); exchanges during an executive session; trade secrets; invasion of personal privacy unless such information is specifically required by law; and privileged communications, among others.


‘Resilient job’ openings abound – DOLE

JOB opportunities continue to rise in the National Capital Region (NCR) despite the coronavirus crisis. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Thursday there were...

Poe defends Bulacan airport project

THE construction of an international airport in Bulacan province by San Miguel Corp. won the backing of some senators, among them Grace Poe, who...

Court acquits official, 3 others in Kentex factory fire

THE Sandiganbayan anti-graft court's Second Division acquitted an official of a footwear company whose factory was razed by a fire that killed 70 workers.five...

PH logs 2,415 new cases of Covid — DoH

THE Philippines logged 54, 294 active cases, including 2,415 new infections of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Thursday, according to the Department of...

Soldier behind PMA shooting dies

A soldier who was behind the shooting that killed one and wounded another inside the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) died from injuries he sustained...


Today's Front Page