Pasig City Signs LIBRARY PROJECT Partnership with Freedom of Information Philippines

August 23, 2019

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Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” N. Sotto of the City of Pasig and Assistant Secretary and Freedom of Information (FOI) Program Director Kristian R. Ablan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the FOI Program in the public libraries of the City of Pasig.

Attended by government officials, librarians and FOI officers, the signing ceremony was held on 23 August 2019 at the Pasig City Hall.

FOI Philippines’ eFOI Portal (found at www.foi.gov.ph) is an online portal for requesting information or documents from government offices. The eFOI Portal shall be used in public libraries to encourage Filipinos, especially those residing in the City of Pasig, to ask information from the Government.

FOI Philippines shall provide Pasig’s public libraries with information materials and collaterals, while the city government shall allocate computers to be utilized as FOI kiosks for the public.

Pasig City is the first local government to partner with FOI Philippines for the FOI Library Project. All other public libraries from other locations are encouraged to join the Project.

Pasig City is also the first city in Metro Manila to have its own FOI Ordinance. Then councilor Sotto authored Ordinance No. 2018-37 or “The Pasig Transparency Mechanism Ordinance” which was signed on 13 September 2018.

The City was also the pilot venue of the FOI Campus Caravan, held 30 July 2018 at the Kapitolyo High School in Pasig with 600 students as participants, and with Sotto as guest speaker.

The FOI Philippines continues to strengthen its efforts in improving the public’s awareness on the implementation of the FOI Program to encourage more Filipinos to effectively exercise their right to access information in the pursuit of transparency in the public service.