Requested from DSWD by Gilberto Japgos at 10:45 AM on
Nov 25, 2019.
Purpose: Adoption of Foster Kids
Date of Coverage: 10/21/2019 - 10/25/2019
Tracking no: #DSWD-885176341779
16 December 2019 Dear Mr. Gilberto Japgos, Greetings! Thank you for your request dated 25 November 2019 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch. Your request You requested for information on the minutes of the Tri-Conference meeting held by several social workers of the DSWD discussing your adoption of the minors Dave Villanueva and Myrthle Marcelo. Response to your request Unfortunately, the information you are requesting falls under the list of Exceptions to the Right of Access to Information enumerated in the Inventory of Exceptions to Right to Access to Information issued by the Office of the President (attached as ANNEX B to the FOI Manual of the DSWD). Specifically, it falls under: c. Records of proceedings and processes deemed confidential by law for the privacy and/or protection of certain individuals, such as children, victims of crime, witnesses to a crime or rehabilitated drug offenders, including those pertaining to the following: (9) Records, Documents and Communications of proceedings involving domestic and inter-country adoptions, including the identity of the child, natural parents and adoptive parents. The disclosure of this information is also prohibited by Section 15 of R.A. 8552, which provides: Section 15. Confidential Nature of Proceedings and Records. – All hearings in adoption cases shall be confidential and shall not be open to the public. All records, books, and papers relating to the adoption cases in the files of the court, the Department, or any other agency or institution participating in the adoption proceedings shall be kept strictly confidential. If the court finds that the disclosure of the information to a third person is necessary for purposes connected with or arising out of the adoption and will be for the best interest of the adoptee, the court may merit the necessary information to be released, restricting the purposes for which it may be used. Your right to request a review If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry out an internal review of the response by writing to Secretary ROLANDO JOSELITO D. BAUTISTA at DSWD-Central Office, IBP Road Batasan Pambansa Complex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City. Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and should be made within 15 calendar days from the date when you received this letter. We will complete the review and tell you the result within 30 calendar days from the date when we receive your review request. If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal to the Office of the President under Administrative Order No. 22 (s. 2011). Thank you. Respectfully, Atty. Maria Cassandra M. Urbiztondo FOI Decision Maker
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