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Guimaras crafts local FOI ordinance

Philippine Information Agency
14 Feb 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA6) -- The provincial government of Guimaras has commenced the process of crafting their local Freedom of Information (FOI) ordinance.

This was announced by Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin during the 2020 Transparency Caravan Guimaras Leg spearheaded by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held Feb. 13 at Guimaras State College.

"This is pursuant to Executive Order No. 2, series of 2016, and the PCOO and DILG Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-01," he said, adding that this is in pursuit of upholding transparency and good governance.

He said the Committee on Rules and Ordinances of the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Guimaras has already conducted the first public hearing for the local FOI ordinance.

"Information is the currency of democracy and access to information is the right of every Filipino," he said.

The top local chief executive of the island province said that the provincial government is one with the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte's government for an open government.

"Transparency is the hallmark of an open government where public can access information and every government proceeding," he said.

He said that the province has also created the Guimaras Information Network which is the lead core and team that operationalizes the localization of FOI, as mandated in Executive order No. 62, series of 2019.

Meanwhile, lawyer Tristan De Guzman, chief of policy, planning and support division of the PCOO FOI Program, lauded the initiative of the Guimaras provincial government in crafting their local FOI ordinance.

He also urged other local government units to pass their respective FOI ordinance to institutionalize in their respective jurisdiction the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to give the public access to public records and information. (JSC/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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