President Rodrigo Duterte now has the copy of a draft of the executive order for the Freedom of Information which during his campaign he mentioned that once he becomes the president, he will immediately implement FOI (Freedom of Information) for the interest of the public.
PCO Sec. Marian Andanar presented a draft of the executive order for the FOI bill and says that the president will still study the draft copy and added that it would be signed, sealed and delivered soon.
To clarify things, Duterte stated that the said executive order would only apply to the agencies that are under the executive branch and not to all.
The Freedom of Information once approved and passed will now allow the public to gain access to records, transactions and all that involves their right to obtain information on matters concerning the public. The said move could eliminate or at least reduce corruption by making everything transparent which would give corrupt officials a hard time in manipulating government projects.
The FOI bill has long time filed during the previous administration but until the end of Aquino’s term, no FOI Bill was passed. Former President Aquino had pledged before he became president that the Freedom of Information will be one of his priorities to promote transparency and good governance which is part of his “Tuwid na Daan” campaign.
The said executive order that President Rodrigo Duterte will be signing would allow transparency but not to the point that there would be confidential information that would be exposed. The executive branch still has the power to deny access to information depending on the situation.