FOI Website for Executive Branch to Launch Nov. 25

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FOI Website for Executive Branch to Launch Nov. 25


By Genalyn Kabiling

Starting November 25, the public can request access to government records in offices within the executive branch except for nine information related to national security, executive privilege and invasion of privacy among others.

Presidential communications assistant secretary Christian Ablan said the executive branch would begin the implementation of its freedom of information (FOI) policy with the launch of electronic FOI (e-FOI) facility on Friday, November 25.

Under the e-FOI facility, records and information from these 15 pilot government agencies will be made available to the public:

Department of Information and Communications Technology

Department of Budget and Management

Department of Finance

Department of Justice

Department of Transportation

Department of Health

Philippine Statistics Authority

National Archives of the Philippines

Philippine National Police

PhilHealth

Office of the Government Corporate Counsel

Presidential Commission on Good Government

Office of the Solicitor-General

Public Attorney's Office

Presidential Communications Office

"Citizens who have queries on FOI can lodge their queries online on the website which is www.foi.gov.ph," Ablan said in a Palace news conference.

"If you have queries and you want to lodge it online, it has to be limited to the 15 agencies. Outside the 15 agencies, then you have to go through the normal standard, paper-based process of going to the nearest government office in lodging your application there," he added.

The e-FOI website launch will take place 120 days after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. …

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