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Certified True Copy of Foreign Trips of Virgilio S. Almario

Requested from KWF by Benjamin M. Mendillo Jr Mendillo at 07:38 AM on Nov 13, 2018.
Purpose: Legal Research
Date of Coverage: 01/01/2014 - 11/11/2018
Tracking no: #KWF-611551012682

Benjamin M. Mendillo Jr 07:38 AM, Nov 13, 2018

By virtue of FOI, respectfully requesting a certified true copy of foreign travels made by Virgilio S Almario with dates,  country visited, and official function.

Gregory Miles 02:12 PM, Dec 18, 2018

December 18, 2018

Dear Benjamin M. Mendillo Jr,

Thank you for your request dated Nov 13, 2018 07:38:30 AM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Certified True Copy of Foreign Trips of Virgilio S. Almario.

We received your request on Nov 13, 2018 07:38:30 AM and will respond on or before Dec 04, 2018 07:38:30 AM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at https://www.foi.gov.ph/requests/aglzfmVmb2ktcGhyHQsSB0NvbnRlbnQiEEtXRi02MTE1NTEwMTI2ODIM, for request with ticket number #KWF-611551012682.

Thank you.


Gregory Miles Granada
FOI Officer

Director General Anna Katarina 10:13 AM, Dec 27, 2018

pakitingnan po ang lakip na file

 Tugon kay Dr. Mendillo, 21 Disyembre 2018.pdf

Director General Anna Katarina 04:00 PM, Jan 10, 2019

Magalang na hinihiling na mabigyan ninyo ng linaw ang impormasyon na nais ninyong hinggin, kung anong dokumento ang hinihingi ninyo, at dahilan kung bakit ninyo hinihingi ang nasabing dokumento/impormasyon.

Maraming salamat po.

Benjamin M. Mendillo Jr 10:13 PM, Jan 10, 2019

In a memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Wednesday, January 3, Malacañang listed down the guidelines to be "strictly" followed by concerned officials who issue travel authorities.

Official trips, it states, can only be approved by the heads if they fulfill the following criteria:
* The purpose of the trip is strictly within the mandate of the requesting official or personnel
* The projected expenses of the trip are not excessive
* The trip is expected to bring substantial benefit to the country
The memo does not elaborate on what amount would be considered "excessive" nor does it specify how to measure "substantial benefit" to the country.

All agency heads must also submit, every quarter, lists of all the travel authorization documents they issued to the President. Trips made by local government officials should be listed in the quarterly report of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The report should provide the names of the personnel who went on the trip, cost of the trip, and other pertinent details, and must include a "brief statement" explaining how the trip complied with the 3 requirements of an official foreign trip, as provided by Malacañang.
If the foreign trip involves a convention or conference in which the Philippines is represented by a delegation, the delegation must submit to Duterte, through the Foreign Secretary, a report on the conference or summit 30 days after the closing of the event.
The memorandum comes days after Duterte, in a speech, told executive branch officials that they should not travel abroad starting January 1.
He had previously fired several officials for supposedly excessive foreign trips, including Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chairman Terry Ridon, the body’s other commissioners, and Development Academy of the Philippines president Elba Cruz.
Duterte himself travels extensively, which Palace officials justify as necessary for economic trade and foreign relations.
Among presidents, he went on the most number of trips in the first year in office. The cost of these trips were more than thrice the cost of the travels made by former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (https://www.rappler.com/nation/192826-malacanang-memorandum-executive-branch-foreign-trips-guidelines)

I am a taxpayer and the money spent for the foreign trips are from taxpayers money, thus,  the request is just and in accord to public accountability and transparency.

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