MANILA – As the country’s leading agency in the implementation and promotion of freedom of information, the Presidential Office of Communications Operations (PCOO) celebrated the annual International Day for Universal Access to Information information (IDUAI) by promoting the right to access information through different art forms.
Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) under PCOO, marked its third year of celebration of IIDUAI through the conduct of the nationwide FOI multi-arts festival. The month-long contests showcased the creativity of Filipino artists and hobbyists by outlining the value of access to information in our democracy and showcasing the legacy of government transparency through visual, literary and performing arts.
“It is on building a legacy that FOI-PMO strives to support and disseminate its advocacy to the public. It is through informative speech and activities that our citizens are continually enlightened and more meaningfully engaged in JTF, ”said PCOO Undersecretary and Director of the JTF Program Kristian Ablan at the ceremony. FOI Multi-arts Fest virtual awards show Tuesday.
This year’s edition of the festival showcased Filipino art by creating a powerful message of transparency through essay writing, photography, digital poster, jingle / song and TikTok video. FOI-PMO received a total of 258 applications from 230 participants from across the country.
In addition, in line with the core objectives of IDUA of strengthening people’s right to information and improving information disclosure by government, FOI-PMO has also awarded various agencies which have been praised by citizens. for providing satisfactory FOI service. The FOI Service Experience Award is a client-centric recognition based on feedback, feedback and applicant ratings on how agencies engaged clients and how they handled their FOI requests.
The first recipients of the FOI Service Experience Award were the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the DENR -Land Management Bureau (DENR-LMB).
This is the sixth year of the IDUAI declaration which has been celebrated every 28 September since 2016. This year’s theme “The Right to Know – Building Better Through Access to Information” highlights the Importance of access to information laws for the achievement of sustainable development. objectives, and more specifically SDG indicator 16.10.2 on public access to information.
“In the midst of this global pandemic, we must strengthen the implementation of access to information laws to strengthen our government and social institutions, and promote freedom of information as a basic human right,” said Ablan said in his speech.
JTF-PMO Secretary and JTF Champion Martin Andanar is confident in the accomplishments of JTF-PMO since its inception in 2016 in institutionalizing JTF into government.
“This year, we must consolidate and preserve our collective heritage – the access to information program. Since 2016, we have worked hard, left no stone unturned, and wasted no time and effort to ensure we achieve our ultimate goal of keeping every Filipino informed and able to make informed decisions, ”said Andanar.
The PCOO, through the JTF-PMO, continues to push for a comprehensive JTF law in the current Congress to institutionalize JTF at all levels of government. (RP)