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Making Access to Information a Meaningful Right: The Freedom of Information Program One Year On

05 December 2017 to 06 December 2017
Mandaluyong
Philippines

This summit marked the one-year anniversary celebration of the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program in the Philippines under Executive Order No. 2 signed by the President on 23 July 2016. It brought together relevant actors within government, as well as partner institutions and international experts, for a two-day learning session to exchange experiences, discuss good practices, and attend a problem-solving workshop on key functions associated with FOI implementation, i.e., information and records management, FOI request processing procedures, and proactive disclosure of information.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
05 Dec 2017 Welcome Program Welcome Message Menardo Guevarra
05 Dec 2017 Welcome Program Making Access to Information a Meaningful Right: The Freedom of Information Program One Year On
To promote better development, information sharing is a default practice that both ADB and the Government of the Philippines aim...
Gambhir Bhatta
05 Dec 2017 Welcome Program Freedom of Information One Year Report
The Duterte administration in the Philippines highlights the importance of the Freedom of Information program as it pursues...
Marvin Gatpayat
05 Dec 2017 Session 1 - Communicating and Celebrating Achievements Presentation Kelvin Lee
05 Dec 2017 Session 1 - Communicating and Celebrating Achievements The Freedom of Information Program One Year On
In the one year that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has been the lead agency in implementing Executive Order No...
Kristian Ablan
05 Dec 2017 Session 2 - Sharing Experiences: National Government Agencies and the Freedom of Information Program Freedom of Information in the Department of Budget and Management (Philippines) Lilia Guillermo
05 Dec 2017 Session 2 - Sharing Experiences: National Government Agencies and the Freedom of Information Program Freedom AND Information Josephine Maribojoc
05 Dec 2017 Session 2 - Sharing Experiences: National Government Agencies and the Freedom of Information Program Good Practices in the Freedom of Information Program of the Governance Commission on Government Owned and Controlled Corporations
Read about the good practices of the Freedom of Information Program of the Philippines' Governance Commission on Government Owned and Controlled...
Christina Faye Condez
05 Dec 2017 Session 2 - Sharing Experiences: National Government Agencies and the Freedom of Information Program Philippine Statistical Authority: Making Access to Information a Meaningful Right
The Philippine Statistical Authority was one of the first to implement a Freedom of Information Program in the country. 
Edwin Aragon
05 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Making the Demand Side of Freedom of Information Work: International Experiences Making the Demand Side of Freedom of Information Work
In the United Kingdom, the passage of the Freedom of Information was a long and slow process.   Maurice Frankel of the...
Maurice Frankel
05 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Making the Demand Side of Freedom of Information Work: International Experiences Right to Information in India
India has made strides in providing right to information since 2005. Read more about freedom of information in the country. Anjali...
Anjali Bhardwaj
05 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Making the Demand Side of Freedom of Information Work: International Experiences Check My School
Check my School (CMS) illustrates one possible way to faciliate freedom of information in the public sector. CMS is a participatory monitoring...
Wilson Villones
05 Dec 2017 Session 4 - The Twin Challenges: Data Protection and Right to Information Privacy and Right to Information - Twin Challenges
The law on the right to information (RTI) recognizes people’s right to access information held by government bodies. We also have laws on...
Robert Paguia
05 Dec 2017 Session 4 - The Twin Challenges: Data Protection and Right to Information Data Protection and Right to Information - Reconciling the Irreconcilable
Three common issues arise when dealing with personal exemptions: what constitutes personal data, fairness, and disclosure. This video...
Information Commissioner's Office
05 Dec 2017 Session 4 - The Twin Challenges: Data Protection and Right to Information Data Protection and Right to Information
Data protection and right to privacy may sometimes come into conflict, but the degree to which these clash depends on the provisions of the...
Maurice Frankel
05 Dec 2017 Session 4 - The Twin Challenges: Data Protection and Right to Information Right to Information and Right to Privacy
In India, the Right to Information Act (RTI) came after strong movement from the citizens for legislation. This presentation shares the country...
Anjali Bhardwaj
05 Dec 2017 Session 4 - The Twin Challenges: Data Protection and Right to Information Freedom of Information vs. Privacy? The Challenge Before Us
Data Protection Act (DPA) in the Philippines traces its history back to electronic Commerce and Cybercrime Acts. This presentation provides...
Jenina Joy Chavez
05 Dec 2017 Session 5 - International Experiences: Institutionalizing Freedom of Information Implementation Freedom of Information: Promoting Transparency
Freedom of Information (FOI) implementation in the United Kingdom underwent many changes before it reached the state where it is today. ...
Information Commissioner's Office
05 Dec 2017 Session 5 - International Experiences: Institutionalizing Freedom of Information Implementation Right to Information: Suggestions from India
In this presentation, Sridhar Acharyulu of India’s Central Information Commission gives an insight of India’s experience in institutionalizing...
Sridhar Acharyulu
05 Dec 2017 Session 5 - International Experiences: Institutionalizing Freedom of Information Implementation International Experiences: Institutionalizing Freedom of Information Implementation
The number of countries adopting the Right to Information (RTI) or Freedom of Information has grown from just 14 countries in 1990 to 116...
Toby Mendel
05 Dec 2017 Session 6 - Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management Preparing for Freedom of Information Implementation
The implementation of Freedom of Information entails organizational and procedural arrangements for it to become effective. This presentation...
Victorino Manalo
05 Dec 2017 Session 6 - Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management 12 Tips for Better Freedom of Information
Tips are given by the Scottish Commissioner on how to better and more effectively implement freedom of information. The information ...
Scottish Commissioner
05 Dec 2017 Session 6 - Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management Freedom of Information
Records management helps citizens find requested information, identify the type of information that exists, and ensure the destruction of...
Maurice Frankel
05 Dec 2017 Session 6 - Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management Information Management and Proactive Disclosure
To institutionalize the implementation of freedom of information effectively, it is important to list public authorities as a way of ensuring...
Sridhar Acharyulu
05 Dec 2017 Session 6 - Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management Preparing for Freedom of Information: Processing Requests, Proactive Disclosure, Records and Information Management
Revisiting practices on the preparation of freedom of information (FOI) is crucial. This presentation highlights the importance of recognizing...
Toby Mendel
05 Dec 2017 Session 7 - Communicating the Philippine Implementation Plan and Roadmap: The Way Ahead Freedom of Information Alan Silor
05 Dec 2017 Session 7 - Communicating the Philippine Implementation Plan and Roadmap: The Way Ahead Presentation Amelita Castillo
05 Dec 2017 Session 7 - Communicating the Philippine Implementation Plan and Roadmap: The Way Ahead Freedom of Information Program
Future programs of the Philippines’ Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) are shared in this presentation. Key findings from...
Kristian Ablan
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
06 Dec 2017 Clinic Case Studies: Experiences of the Philippines' Department of Budget and Management and the Philippines' Department of Education