MANILA --- The Province of Masbate recently approved an ordinance that operationalizes Freedom of Information in the local government, becoming the first province in the Bicol region to pass such measure.
This was made possible through the initiative of Vice Governor Kaye Revil.
Over the past two years, the FOI Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) has involved local government units (LGU) in the national program.
Through various outreach activities, the FOI-PMO said it has cascaded the importance of public access to local and granular information, in a bid to support the engagement of the office with the Department of the Interior and Local Government for a proposed Joint Memorandum Circular setting the guidelines on implementing the program for local Sanggunians.
The initiatives and other partnerships have pushed the following LGUs in passing their own local ordinances: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; and the Ilocos Norte and Bohol provinces.
In addition, Legazpi City, Albay and Pasig City in Metro Manila, City of Malolos in Bulacan, and Surigao del Norte and South Cotabato provinces are currently in the process of passing their own FOI ordinances.
The FOI-PMO said it remains fully-committed to continuously provide guidance and assistance to local governments on their venture towards transparency.