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Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in the Philippines
Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in the Philippines is a bill that requires the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of government officials and members of the Judiciary to be disclosed to the public. This bill is still on the process of legislation.

Freedom of Information Bill (FOI)
a photo snapshot of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill

Government Officials Required to Disclosed Their SALN

Under this bill, the government officials required to disclosed their SALN annually are:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • members of the Cabinet
  • members of Congress
  • members of the Supreme Court
  • members of constitutional commissions and other constitutional offices
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers with general or flag rank
They are also required to post their SALN on their respective agency websites. Thus, it will be easier for the public, the civil society, especially for the media to access their government records.

Importance of FOI

Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill will create a government that is more transparent and clean. It will help in creating government reforms, fighting corruptions and strengthening institutions.

Accessibility of the FOI

Filipino citizens cannot access all information of government officials and agencies. These are information relating to national security or defense, foreign affairs, when accessing its information may weaken the government's negotiating position and may jeopardize its diplomatic relations.

Specifically, the kind of information that are withheld and should be kept secret are those that could:
  1. unduly compromise or interfere with any legitimate military or law enforcement operation;
  2. unduly compromise or interfere with the prevention, detection, or suppression of criminal activity, the effective implementation of immigration controls and border security;
  3. deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication;
  4. lead to the disclosure of the identity of a confidential source;
  5. disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law;
  6. endanger the life or physical safety of any individual;

Are you in favor of this Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill? If not, why?
This article was written by admin under the Philippine Government category. It has been viewed times and generated 5 comments. The article was created/updated on 04-February-2012.
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5 Brean Geronimo   (23-April-2013 4:56 PM)
FOI is one way to fight corruption. We needed this bill in order to have a transparent and clean public officials.

4 Aira Dela Este   (23-July-2012 12:02 PM)
even it was stated in that FOI, officials of the government are still pursuing to corruption and omission of funds, the unfair platform of our government. Now, that it's the sona of our president, we should give him the freedom to tell his way of leadership, his leading is quiet so it means he leads responsibly. right? P-noy is a great President !

3 helen   (04-February-2012 11:10 PM)
kahit na maipatupad ang freedom of information bill na yan, hindi pa rin mawawala ang mga buwaya sa gobyerno. maraming paraan para makaiwas sa pagkasangkot sa corruption. Maaaring ang perang kinurakot ay ibigay ng government official sa kanyang asawa o anak para magpatayo ng malaking negosyo na nakapangalan sa kanyang asawa o anak. Makakalusot pa rin ang opisyal.

2 Louie   (04-February-2012 11:05 PM)
freedom of information bill builds transparency to all government officials and its a great way to prevent and fight corruption in our government. it should be enacted soon.

1 jemzkie   (04-February-2012 4:32 PM)
yang Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill na yan ay makakatulong sa pag-alam sa mga opisyal ng gobiyerno na nangungurakot sa kaban ng bayan. Dapat lang maipatupad at mabigyan ng kaganapan ang batas na yan.

Mabuhay ang Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill