The Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) celebrated its first year of implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) on December 4 to 6.
The 2017 FOI Awards Night jumpstarted the three-day event at Rizal Park Hotel, Ermita, Manila. The Awards Night aims to recognize the significant contributions of government agencies and organizations to the development and progress of the program.
The event’s theme is “Making Access to Information a Meaningful Right: The FOI Program One Year On".
Awardees were identified through a thorough nomination and screening process which commenced last October 2017.
On December 5 and 6, the PCOO gathered around 200 local and international experts from various sectors for the 2017 FOI Summit held in the ADB Headquarters, Mandaluyong.
The Summit aims to provide a platform for communicating progress, sharing national experiences, acquiring international experiences and knowledge, and presenting the Philippine FOI Road Map.
On the second day, a series of clinics were organized for participants to work on cases relating to topics which include information and records management, processing FOI requests, and proactive disclosure of information.