The Philippines is celebrating the third year of implementation of the Executive Order operationalizing the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program. Over the past three (3) years, the FOI - Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has made considerable and consistent progress in advocating for transparency and accountability in government through access to information.
To celebrate and take stock of this year's challenges and learnings, the FOI - PMO will hold its annual FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SUMMIT with the theme,"Weaving the Narrative of Good Governance and Public Participation through Access to Information." The event aims to gather over 200 representatives from national and local governments, civil society organizations, the media, the academe, the private sector, and development partners who actively support open government and transparency initiatives.
Moving towards the FOI - PMO's vision of #SmarterCitizenship for 2020, the Summit aims to provide space for stakeholder engagement, collaborative discussion and deeper learning in the hopes of building a community of informed and empowered citizenry-- both in culture and in practice. To further achieve this, it is imperative the the role of access to information must first be translated into the narrative of good governance.
The Summit will involve a plenary session in the morning which will feature presentations by recognized authorities in the field of access to information followed by simultaneous breakout sessions in the afternoon featuring formats to effectively facilitate dynamic discussion and knowledge exchange.