On February 3, 2012, President Aquino announced a proposed Freedom of Information bill was transmitted by the Secretary of Budget and Management to administration coalition allies in the House of Representatives [Read Sec. Abad’s transmittal letter]. This FOI bill is an integral element of the Aquino Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Plan of 2012-2016, which the President has recently approved subject to further refinements. This plan contains reforms and initiatives that pursue greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance.
This draft bill is a result of a consultative process after careful study of similar legislation by an administration study group in order to ensure that it serves public interest without compromising government’s legitimate rights—in other words, balance legitimate needs for secrecy with the public’s right to know
The administration study group is composed of Communications Usec. Manuel L. Quezon III (lead), Sec. Ramon A. Carandang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Sec. Florencio B. Abad, and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in coordination with the stakeholders.
Since the proposed Substitute Bill was submitted to the House, Rep. Erin Tañada has filed a consolidated bill incorporating the administration proposed Substitute Bill; in the Senate, Senator Gregorio Honasan II has filed a bill also incorporating the administration proposal.
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