Duterte gov't launches FOI online portal, manuals

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos can now request for government documents through the Freedom of Information (FOI) online portal launched by the Duterte administration on Friday, November 25.

The eFOI portal went online on the day President Rodrigo Duterte's FOI Executive Order took effect. Interested citizens can access it at foi.gov.ph.

Here is more information about how to use the portal, as explained by Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan.

The order, the second EO signed by Duterte, directs all agencies under the executive branch to release information and documents requested by citizens.

The draft FOI Manual initiall exepted 166 types of documents or information  from public disclosurebut these were pared down to 9 in the final FOI Manual released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

The exceptions are:

Agencies with FOI Manuals

During the launch of the online portal, various government agencies presented their respective FOI Manuals. Under the EO, agencies under the executive branch are supposed to craft their own manuals suited to the processes in their agencies.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) was the first agency to complete its manual.

Aside from the NHCP, the other agencies with FOI Manuals so far are the following:

– Rappler.com



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