EXCLUSIVE: The government spends at least P386.2 million ($7.72 million) on foreign trips during Duterte's first year in power. In one trip, expenses shoot up to P31.8 million ($636,000) a day.
(UPDATED) A law is needed to implement the freedom of information program across all branches of government, says the PCOO
The Anti-Trapo Movement files a complaint against LTO chief Edgar Galvante and bids and awards committee chair Romeo Vera Cruz for not releasing documents on the bidding for the production of drivers' license cards
Among the agencies participating in the eFOI program, one agency stands out for being unresponsive to data requests – the Philippine National Police
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns against complacency in the passage of the freedom of information law
Drop by the MovePH booth at the UP sunken garden on Thursday, February 16, for a fun and equally engaging Elements: UP Fair Thursday
House public information committee chairperson Antonio Tinio says the FOI bill aims to flesh out the policy of full public disclosure in the country
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is seeking complete details of the audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, so companies can defend themselves
Senator Aquino also cautioned against the spread of fake news on a large scale at a forum organized by the Asia Society and INCITEGov
Malacañang prohibits private media from covering an event meant to signify the Duterte administration's commitment to the free flow of information
The online portal is launched on the day President Duterte's Freedom of Information executive order takes effect
Interested citizens can request for official records by going straight to agencies or by visiting the eFOI portal at foi.gov.ph
Agencies under the executive branch hold workshops to prepare for citizens' requests for information under Executive Order No. 2
The bill, which covers all branches of government, seeks to mandate the disclosure of public documents on government websites
The Presidential Communications Office will also train agencies to prepare them for the full implementation of the executive order on Freedom of Information
Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public information, questions the guidelines on SALNs and congressional fund releases
The draft of the manual for Freedom of Information (FOI) includes exceptions ranging from information related to national security matters to criminal investigations
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says President Rodrigo Duterte's EO on full public disclosure for the executive branch has set the tone for the FOI bill's passage
With President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the historic executive order on FOI, some groups are optimistic the measure will hurdle decades-long obstacles in Congress. But will it?
Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty, and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility
Senator Grace Poe, sponsor of the FOI bill that the Senate passed in the 16th Congress, says the President executive order covers only the executive branch
Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past, including measures pushing for freedom of information, ending political dynasties, and increasing the pension for SSS members
Although the recent signing of the Executive Order on Freedom of Information is a huge development, advocates and groups still call for the passage of the full FOI law in the Congress
Following Duterte's issuance of the Executive Order on FOI, several lawmakers push for the passage of a similar law to cover all branches of government
(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order mandating full public disclosure of all offices under the executive branch
In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4, the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions
Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be 'very historic' as the country awaits landmark announcements from The Hague and the Office of the President
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says they are now rushing the EO so that they can have it released 'this week or next week'
The passage of the Freedom of Information bill is like a missing puzzle piece in the Aquino administration’s fight against corruption
'Now, more than ever, we need to safeguard the reforms we have painstakingly put in place, so that neither force, nor personalities, can reverse them,' says the Senate President
The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition says an executive order on the FOI bill will be a 'strong confidence-building measure' for the Duterte administration
Duterte says, 'Unahan ko na (FOI). I will issue an executive order. Hindi na kailangan ng batas (no need for a law)'
Unlike the 4 other presidential candidates in Sunday’s debate, Miriam Defensor Santiago supports divorce
Vice President Jejomar Binay vows he'll push for the FOI bill, but Senator Grace Poe doubts this
At a GoNegosyo summit, the presidential bet says there is a need to empower Filipinas, especially mothers who juggle their responsibilities at home and work
The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration's legacy
'How can the public trust a government that cannot provide clear procedures for citizens to know what their government is up to?'
The 12 persons on Grace Poe's Senate slate vow to fight for lower taxes and more jobs in the Philippines, among other advocacies
'Why are you so nasty? What government do you want to grow into if this is your attitude?' Santiago tells those who continue to question her medical condition
Jejomar Binay promise before students to support agrarian reform, end labor contractualization, lessen the number of OFWs, amend the FOI bill, and probe human rights violations
Filipinos attending a global anti-corruption conference say the Philippines must work on campaign finance reform, and address blunders like the Enrile bail ruling
Despite the perceptions of many journalists, transparency laws are more about managing information than distributing it
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While President Aquino was silent on the freedom of information bill – one of his campaign promises – in his last SONA, he mentions it in his 2016 budget message to Congress
Why were no references made to FOI, agrarian reform, and Mamasapano?
Most politicians who push for the right of reply are afraid that the proposed bill will be used against them by the media, according to the bill's authors
The forum will tackle the current FOI legislation and prospective implementation in the Philippines. Discussions will also be focused on the experiences of India and Indonesia.
The House committee on public information votes 10-3 to approve the proposed Freedom of Information Act; The bill now moves to the plenary for deliberations.