Malacanang set to release online version of FOI on Nov. 25

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CEBU CITY — Presidential Communications secretary Martin Andanar on Friday, Sept. 23, said the national government will release the e-FOI or the online version of the Freedom of Information executive order on Nov. 25.

Presidential Communications secretary Martin Andanar speaking the press forum in Cebu
Presidential Communications secretary Martin Andanar speaking the press forum in Cebu

Andanar was in Cebu as keynote speaker on the forum on the ?FOI and the Media,? as part of the celebration of the 22nd Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has issued Executive Order No. 2 which covers the FOI in the executive department.

An FOI bill is pending in the House of Representatives which, if enacted into law, will cover all the branches of the government from the executive, legislative, and judiciary.

Andanar said the 166 exceptions to the FOI proposed by the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice are still being discussed.

Under the e-FOI, Andanar said the government will publish online all public documents which are not classified or do not contain sensitive information.

He said these will prevent the agencies under the executive department from being saddled with numerous requests for information under EO No. 2. — PNA

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