HIGHLIGHTS: FNF-Rappler Forum on the State of the Freedom of Information Bill
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate version of Freedom of Information (FOI) bill was approved on March 10 of this year. But what is the likelihood of the bill finally getting through the legislative gridlock anytime soon? And how will the proposed law improve Philippine governance?
To get answers to those questions, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Rappler co-organized a forum entitled, State of the Freedom of Information Bill, a week before President Aquino delivers the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The forum discussed the current status of the FOI bill in Congress as well as findings from a research conducted by Rappler which compares FOI policies in 15 countries as well as the impact of such policies on those countries.
The proposed FOI law will govern the public disclosure of records & information held by the government. The measure is expected to allow greater access to public information, lay down rules & regulations for requesting and accessing such information, as well as the limits of access.
Advocates hope that it will lead to greater transparency in government and more active participation of the Filipino people in public matters.
Watch clips from the forum below.
Welcoming remarks from FNF Country Director Jules Maaten
Keynote speech from Senator Grace Poe
Presentation of Rappler FOI study by Rappler Research & Content Strategist Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza
Panel 1 with Vergel Santos Thomas Ossowski, Juli Minoves and Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza
Panel 2 with John Nery, Roberto De Ocampo, Nadia Trinidad, Leni Robredo and Nepomuceno Malaluan
Closing remarks from Rappler CEO & Executive Editor Maria Ressa
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|PROGRAM: STATE OF THE FOI BILL|
|Monday, 21 July 2014 Special Exhibition Hall, The Mind Musuem|
|09:00||Welcome Jules Maaten Country Director, FNF|
|09:05||Keynote Speech Hon. Grace Poe Senator, Republic of the Philippines|
|09:20||Presentation of the study Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza Research & Content Strategist, Rappler|
|09:20||Panel Discussion Facilitated by Vergel Santos Chairman, Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility
|09:20||Panel Discussion Facilitated by John Nery Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer
|11:45||Closing remarks Maria Ressa CEO & Executive Editor, Rappler|