Malacañang on FOI implementation: So far, so good

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2016 06:09 PM

MANILA -- A week after the Freedom of Information (FOI) executive order took effect, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the implementation has been good so far but admitted that there is still a “learning curve.” 

As of posting time, the information portal (www.foi.gov.ph) of the executive order has received 147 requests across 15 government agencies.

Of this figure, four are reported to be successful requests, 12 were denied requests, while one request is still awaiting clarification.

The rest of the requests are still in pending status. 

“So far it's been good. But then again when we launched this, we did not say that it's going to be 100 percent. Marami pa pong learning curve dito sa FOI Executive Order since hindi pa ho lahat ng ahensiya ay naka-enroll dito at kasalukuyan pa rin ang training ng mga ibang ahensiya,” Andanar said in an interview on dzRH Sudnay.

He added that the 15 government agencies onboard have assigned their own personnel to answer questions from the public.

“Marami pong nagre-request and the requests are addressed to different departments of the land. Marami po, we have our own people under Assistant Secretary Kissinger Reyes who is in-charge of the FOI portal. “

The Presidential Communications Office will also be going around the country to train different regional offices on how to implement the FOI executive order and how to use the online portal.