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MMDA receives back-to-back Freedom of Information Awards

Philippine Information Agency
13 Dec 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

MAKATI, Dec. 13 (PIA)- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) received for the second consecutive year the Freedom of Information (FOI) Champion Award under the Agency Category conferred by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the lead agency in the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 2 which operationalizes the Constitutional mandate of the People's Right to Information.

Cited for its 99% compliance and response rate in the implementation of the FOI program, the MMDA also received a Plaque of Recognition for being one of the top performing and requested agencies onboard the eFOI portal.

Atty. Victor Pablo Trinidad, Head Executive Assistant and FOI Decision Maker of MMDA, accepted the award in behalf of Chairman Danilo Lim, together with the agency's FOI Committee, at the 2019 FOI Awards yesterday, December 12, held at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati.

"We, the MMDA-FOI Committee, are honored and privileged to receive this recognition from the PCOO's FOI-Project Management Office (PMO) headed by Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan. Our collective efforts have paid off," Lim said.

"The MMDA has been implementing its FOI program for almost two years. With an aim to empower citizenry by upholding their constitutional Right to Information, the MMDA-FOI committee adheres to strict standards as regards the processing and evaluation of FOI requests," he added.

As of September 2019, a total of 267 requests were received and processed by the MMDA's Public Affairs Staff-Public Information Office (PAS-PIO) which serves as the central receiving and releasing unit of all requests for information of the Agency.

The agency hopes to develop more efficient techniques to better support the FOI program in the coming years.

"In the coming years, the Authority looks forward to develop more efficient techniques in coordination with the lead agency to better support the FOI program," Lim said.

MMDA is one with the nation in upholding government transparency and truth in public service.

With the theme, "Making Waves as the Cornerstone of Democracy," this year's event recognized the remarkable contributions of government departments and attached agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local water districts (LWDs), to the development and progress of the FOI program. (MMDA/PIA-NCR)

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