CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu is the first provincial government in the Philippines to have passed an order implementing the Freedom of Information (FOI) at the Cebu provincial Capitol.
The Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, issued an Executive Order 15 in August of this year providing a system in the executive department in acquiring information documents and acknowledged the citizen’s constitutional right to information on public matters.
According to the Cebu Provincial Information Office (PIO), a copy of the order was handed over to the head of the Office of Participatory Governance Peter Lavina and the director of Good Governance and Anti Corruption Office, Marlonfritz Broto.
Both Froto and Lavina were guest speakers during the launching of the Cebu province wide campaign on the Federalism.
“We would like to congratulate the Province and Governor Davide for coming up with this model, the first in the country for an FOI in the provincial level,” Lavina said on his keynote.
Broto, meanwhile, said Gov. Davide’s order is a setting statement to all other leaders of the Philippines that there is a need to have this kind of Executive Order.
A copy of the Gov. Davide’s Executive Order will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“This is not simply a local issue but actually an international one that this country should address,” Broto noted.
The Executive Order 15 signed by Davide was issued earlier than the Resolution approved by the Cebu Citizen’s Press Council (CCPC) calling local government units to follow the Freedom of Information system.
On the other hand, the Cebu Association of City and Municipal Public Information Officers (CAOCAMPIO) is also scheduled to issue a Resolution pledging support and faithfulness to the FOI memorandum.
During the campaign period, President Duterte pledged support for the passage of an Freedom of Information bill, which he vowed to include amongst his top priorities in his legislative agenda should he would elected President of the Philippines.
In less than a month after he assumed office in Malacanang Palace, the former Davao City Mayor formally inked the bill to fulfill his campaign promise of bringing transparency in Philippine government.