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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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FOI roadshow up
BY RENE GENOVE

 

The Presidential Communications Operations Office is set to hold a multi-sectoral roadshow and campus caravan on Freedom of Information (FOI) on November 27-28 at the Silliman University Hall in Dumaguete City.

The multi-sectoral forum is expected to gather and engage 250 officials and representatives from national and local government offices, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, the academe, media, and other community stakeholders in Negros Oriental.

Gov. Roel Degamo is expected to be the keynote speaker of the occasion. Presidential Task Force on Media Security executive director Joel Sy Egco will speak on “Safeguarding Press Freedom in the Philippines”. Other expected guests are PCOO assistant secretary and FOI Philippines program director Kristian Ablan, undersecretary for Legal Affairs Marvin Gatpayat, and assistant secretary for the Office of Brand Integration Ramon Cualoping III.

On Thursday, more than 250 faculty and students from various universities and colleges in the city will also participate in the FOI campus caravan, also at SU.

Ablan will discuss the FOI and inform the members of the academe of their right to information and promote the FOI program as a tool for academic research, a government press release said.

Topics on “Revised Gender-Fair Media Guidebook” to promote gender equality through the Gender and Development Focal Point System, will also be discussed, as well as “Rehabinasyon”, an all-encompassing campaign against illegal drugs, through the Office of Brand Integration.

The FOI Program is an initiative of the government to enable the public to access government data. This was implemented in 2016 by virtue of Executive Order 2, series of 2016, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The FOI is used for transparency in government offices, accountability of public officials, academic research, and innovation of programs and projects.

The PCOO roadshows and campus caravan are in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency and Silliman University.*

 

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