NTC bags eFOI award, beats 305 gov’t agencies

In a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) Summit held in Manila, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), awarded the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) an FOI Plaque of Recognition.

Out of 305 government agencies participating in the development of the FOI Program, the NTC bagged an award as one of top requested and performing agencies in the eFOI portal.

Since the implementation of the FOI Program, the NTC has received a total of 97 requests from the public that were acted upon within the 15-day deadline set in the FOI Program.

The NTC was also acknowledged as compliant/eligible for the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for the fiscal year 2018 through its on-time submission and posting to the NTC website of FOI Program requirements.

NTC commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba said the agency will continue to adhere to the call for transparency in all of its tasks by abiding with the FOI Program.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said during the affair that promoting FOI was a way to fight disinformation, asserting that “the program serves as a formidable tool for fighting fake news and a game-changer in the information-dissemination process, as FOI becomes an efficient mechanism for garnering first-hand and reliable information.”

The FOI Summit and Awards is an annual celebration dedicated to FOI partners, program implementors, and stakeholders that contributed to the program’s achievements.

The event aims to highlight that through nationwide cooperation, the FOI Program can be a user-friendly mechanism to access government data and records.

Currently, there are 348 participating government agencies in the eFOI platform.

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