The FPA received a Certificate of Compliance from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for fulfilling the FOI requirements as provided under Executive Order No. 2, series of 2016 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 23, 2016.
The same requirement was also stipulated under Section 5.5 b of Memorandum Circular No. 2019-1, issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems.
The achievement was attained after the FPA submitted its (1) FOI Agency Manual that details the internal FOI guidelines and defines the roles and responsibilities of designated agency personnel (FOI Champion, Decision- Maker/s and Receiving Officer/s) to handle FOI requests; (2) the Agency Information Inventory that provides the scope and limitations of the types of information which can be requested from the agency; (3) the FOI Standard Form which is the standard form for all FOI requests submitted to agencies covered under Section 2 of the EO; and, (4) the Standard FOI Registry which serves as the basis for measuring agency performance and compliance alongside FOI analytics.
The FOI program is being enforced in all government agencies and public institutions based on the constitutional right to information as stated in Section 28, Article II of the 1987 Constitution on the “state policy to full public disclosure of all its transactions,” except for sensitive information and matters affecting national security.
The FOI, as a government mechanism, allows Filipino citizens to request any information about the government transactions and operations, provided that it shall not put into jeopardy privacy and matters of national security. eFOI, on the other hand, is the online FOI platform that is available to select agencies, providing an alternative avenue for Filipinos to file their requests for information. The FOI rules and exceptions also apply to the eFOI platform.