What is EO on FOI signed by Pres.Duterte,Here's the 9 points to know-Must Read!!

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President Duterte just signed the Freedom of Information Bill. Awesome! But do we understand what it means? Some pretend that they already know the said bill but fail to understand its deeper purpose.

1. The first Executive Order (EO) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Freedom of Information (FOI) means that it will mandate full public disclosure of all offices under the Executive branch.

2. This was signed 2 days before the President’s first SONA: Saturday, July 23, 7pm in Davao City

3. What is the objective of this EO?


  • The president believes that the transparency of government offices and public officials is the key to good governance.

    Do you agree?
4. What offices are under the Executive branch?

    • The EO states that: all government offices under the executive branch including, but not limited to, the national government and all its offices, departments, bureaus, offices and instrumentalities including government-owned and -controlled corporations.

      Which means that the departments such as Department of Finance and Department of Education are among those information to be freely dispersed to the Filipino people.

      Under the Department of Finance lies what CNN surveyed as the top most corrupt Philippine Agency: the Bureau of Customs
5. The transparency will also be implemented in state universities and colleges
  • Schools such as University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippine Normal University and so on.

    For a full list of state universities in the Philippines you can read them here.
6. What documents are free to the public?
  • Information refers to any records, documents, papers, reports, letters, contracts, minutes and transcripts of official meetings, map, books, photos, data, research materials, films, sound and video recording (magnetic or other tapes), electronic data computer store data or similar data or materials recorded stored or archived.

7. Public officials are reminded to file their SALNs (Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth) and will be available for the public

8. Can any FIlipino request for the information that they want from the offices above? 

Yes, this is not just for the Media. Andanar said that “The most important fact here is the freedom of information is not only limited to the media but is inclusive to the rest of hundred million Filipinos who would want to extract and know vital information in running the government,”

No person requesting for information shall be denied access unless the information sought “falls under any of the exception enshrined in the constitution existing law or jurisprudence.— The list of exceptions will be provided by the Solicitor General within 30 days withihn the effectivity of the EO.

9. Other branches of the government are not included

  • Yes that means that the Judiciary and the Legislative branches are not included. These are members of the Senate cannot be probed in this manner as well as the House of Representatives which scored a -28 score on CNN Philippines survey of "The Most Corrupt Agencies"

    The order was signed after several congresses failed to pass an FOI law, which advocates say is a requirement for good governance.

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