A public forum on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order (EO) of the Duterte Administration was held last October 7 in the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement building attended by FOI advocates.
The event served as an avenue for FOI advocates to share with government agency executives their assessment of what has been done on FOI in the first 100 days of the new administration and what balance of work remains.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez attended the initiative reiterating the department's support to the FOI. She mentioned that the DENR has always been conscious of the need to share information to stakeholders. She said that DENR will disclose as much information as allowed as long as it does not infringe on threats to privacy and national security.
The DENR commits to have the manual ready by the end of the year.
Bantay Kita (BK) is a member of the Right to Know Right Now Coalition, a coalition of 160 member organizations advocating for freedom of information in the Philippines. BK is the coalition's lead organization for DENR.