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People's FOI Bill

People's FOI Bill

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AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO INFORMATION.
AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO INFORMATION.

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Published by: Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility on Jul 08, 2013
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SIXTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE )REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES )First Regular Session ) ________________ (Filed through Indirect Initiative under Republic Act No. 6735)
  _____________________________________________________________ Introduced by PUBLIC SERVICES LABOR INDEPENDENTCONFEDERATION (PSLINK), PHILIPPINE RURALRECONSTRUCTION MOVEMENT (PRRM), NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP), FOI YOUTHINITIATIVE (FYI), ALLIANCE OF PROGRESSIVE LABOR (APL),CAUCUS OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS (CODE-NGO),SOCIAL WATCH PHILIPPINES, FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH -PHILIPPINES, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY NETWORK (TAN), PEACE WOMEN PARTNERS, PHILIPPINE AIRLINES EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (PALEA), PRUDENTIALIFE WARRIORS PILIPINAS, FILIPINO MIGRANT WORKERS GROUP(FMWG), AKSYONG KABAYANIHAN PARA SA ORGANISADONGPAGBABAGO (ANGKOP), CENTER FOR MEDIA FREEDOM ANDRESPONSIBILITY (CMFR), ANG KAPATIRAN PARTY, ACTION FOR ECONOMIC REFORMS, PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (PCIJ), (COLLECTIVELY, THE
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RIGHT TO KNOW.RIGHT NOW! COALITION 
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EXPLANATORY NOTE
 The people's right to information held by government is expressly recognized in no less than the Constitution. Article III (Bill of Rights), Sec. 7of the 1987 Constitution states: The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, andto documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions,or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basisfor policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject tosuch limitations as may be provided by law.Complementing the Bill of Rights provision on FOI is the state policy of full disclosure of all state transactions involving public interest. Article II(Declaration of Principles and State Policies), Section 28 reads:Subject to reasonable conditions prescribed by law, the
 
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State adopts and implements a policy of full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest. While the Supreme Court has consistently held that the right toinformation under the Bill of Rights is self-executory, it lacks the substantiveand procedural details necessary for its effective and predictableimplementation. This Initiative Bill, filed under Section 3 (b) and Section 11 of Republic Act 6735, or "The Initiative and Referendum Act", has the following chief specific purposes:First, it seeks to address the lack of definite scope and limitations to theright to information. Second, it seeks to address the absence of a uniform andeffective procedure for access to information. Third, it seeks to address theabsence of sanctions for unlawful denial or delay of access to information.Fourth, it introduces mechanisms to facilitate better citizen access toinformation, such as providing standards for record keeping and mandating thepro-active disclosure of classes of information imbued with high publicinterest.Beyond the above specific purposes, the Initiative Bill will also promotethe general purposes that the framers of the Constitution sought to achieve with the express recognition of the right to information and the adoption of full disclosure of transactions as a state policy. The twin constitutionalprovisions of the right to information and the policy of full public disclosure of government transactions are intended to promote the fundamental precepts of democracy, people's participation, public office being a public trust,government accountability, prevention of corruption, and responsive decision-making. The enactment of this Initiative Bill is earnestly urged.
 Annie Enriquez Geron
Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK)
Isagani R. Serrano
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
Rupert Francis Diohen Mangilit
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
 Allan Pangilinan
 
 Adolfo Jose Montesa
 FOI Youth Initiative (FYI)
 
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 Josua Mata
 Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Sixto Donato C. Macasaet
Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO)
Leonor Magtolis Briones
Social Watch Philippines
Clarissa V. Militante
Focus on the Global South - Philippines
 Vincent T. Lazatin
 Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN)
Mercedes L. Angeles
Peace Women Partners
Gerry F. Rivera
Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA)
Rolando G. Ocampo
Prudentialife Warriors Pilipinas
Francisco S. Aguilar Jr.
Filipino Migrant Workers Group (FMWG)
Eirene Jhone E. Aguila
 Aksyong Kabayaihan Para sa Organisadong Pagbabago (ANGKOP)
Kathryn Roja G. Raymundo
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)
Norman V. Cabrera
 Ang Kapatiran Party 

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