The Philippine Open Government Partnership and Freedom of Information Program: Placing Access to Information at the Heart of Open Governance

DATE AND VENUE

28 November 2018
National Museum of the Philippines Auditorium


Note: Please Enter the Taft Avenue Gate

PROGRAM

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Opening Message

Jeremy Barns
Director, National Museum of the Philippines

Welcome Remarks

George Apacible
Undersecretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office

Keynote Address

Laura Pascua
Undersecretary, Department of Budget and Management
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Empowering Filipinos Through an Extensive and Inclusive Freedom of Information Program

Kristian Ablan
Assistant Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office
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Panel 1: Reaching Milestones and Embracing Mistakes: Is the FOI Program working?
The session takes stock of the successes, failures, and how to move forward with the FOI program

Marianne Fabian (Moderator)
OGP Point of Contact for the Philippines, Department of Budget and Management

Atty. Eirene Aguila
Lead Convenor, Right 2 Know, Right Now! Coalition

Nenita Garcia
Director-Internal Audit Service, Department of Labor and Employment
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Roselle Rasay
Executive Director, Caucus of Development NGO Networks

Frisco San Juan, Jr.
Undersecretary, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
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Panel 2: Identifying strengths and recognizing weaknesses: What are the elements of a successful FOI program?
Unpacking a successful FOI implementation, panelists will identify key features of an FOI ecosystem

Florante Galura, Jr. (Moderator)
Technical Training Coordinator, Department of Information and Communications Technology

Natasha Beschorner
Senior ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

Jenina Joy Chavez
Industrial Policy Program Coordinator, Action for Economic Reforms

Lilia Guillermo
Undersecretary, Department of Budget and Management
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Atty. Ivy Patdu
Deputy Commissioner, National Privacy Commission

Victorino Mapa-Manalo
Executive Director, National Archives of the Philippines

Panel 3: Contextualizing and localizing: How do we bring access to information closer to the people?
The discussion will focus on strategies on localizing the FOI program and empowering communities on the value of using government information

Jennifer Javier (Moderator)
Project Manager, Ph-OGP Non-Government Secretariat, CODE-NGO

Epimaco Densing III
Undersecretary, Department of Interior and Local Government

Hon. Vicente de Jesus
Vice Governor, Provincial Government of South Cotabato
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Abigail de la Cruz
National Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, KALAHI-CIDSS, Department of Social Welfare and Development

Hon. Vico Sotto
Councilor, City Government of Pasig

Redempto Parafina
Executive Director, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific
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Panel 4: Putting access to information at the heart of national and global commitments: How can we further elevate this enabler right?
The session aims to elevate the discussion and highlight the role of access to information at the heart of national and global initiatives and commitments

Czarina Medina-Guce (Moderator)
Faculty, Ateneo de Manila University

Paavani Reddy
Governance Specialist, United Nations Development Programme-Bangkok Regional Hub
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Atty. Lourdines de la Cruz
Interim Deputy National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority
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Vien Suerte-Cortez
Program Manager, Open Contracting-Hivos

Marianne Fabian
OGP Point of Contact for the Philippines, Department of Budget and Management

Synthesis and key takeaways from the Summit

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