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PRES. DUTERTE CREATES COMMITTEE TO REVIEW EXEMPTIONS TO FOI



President Rodrigo Duterte has created a committee tasked to review the inventory of exemptions to the Freedom of Information (FOI) order in the executive branch.

In 2016, the president signed the Executive Order number 2 directing government agencies the “full public disclosure” of government information.

Under the new memorandum, an inter-agency will be created “to review the inventory of exceptions of the executive order” and “periodically update the list of exceptions to properly reflect any change in the existing laws and jurisprudence.”

The committee will be chaired by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) together with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) as members.