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Latest GWA of the 1st Year-4th Year Students in the College of Applied Economics (CAEc)

Requested from USEP by Y. Rodas at 02:55 PM on Mar 06, 2020.
Purpose: Undergraduate Thesis
Date of Coverage: 08/01/2019 - 01/01/2020
Tracking no: #USEP-005258801290

Rodas 02:55 PM, Mar 06, 2020

Good day!

I am Yoj Earl S. Rodas, a graduating student taking up Bachelor of Science in Economics and I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis entitled, "FACTORS AFFECTING THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF THE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF APPLIED ECONOMICS". The study aims to determine the factors that may have an influence in the students' individual academic performances in the college. I would like to request for the latest GWA of the students in the CAEc for the 1st Semester of S.Y. 2019-2020.

Hoping for your positive response. Thank you very much.

USep 09:39 AM, Mar 09, 2020

Mar 09, 2020

Dear Yoj Earl Rodas,

Thank you for your request dated Mar 06, 2020 02:55:45 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Latest GWA of the 1st Year-4th Year Students in the College of Applied Economics (CAEc).

We received your request on Mar 06, 2020 02:55:45 PM and will respond on or before Mar 27, 2020 02:55:45 PM, 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://efoi-ph.appspot.com/requests/aglzfmVmb2ktcGhyHgsSB0NvbnRlbnQiEVVTRVAtMDA1MjU4ODAxMjkwDA, for request with ticket number #USEP-005258801290.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

FOI Receiving Officer USep
FOI Officer

Satore 07:09 PM, Apr 05, 2020

April 5, 2020

Dear Yoj Earl Rodas,

I refer to my letter of Mar 06, 2020 02:55:45 PM; about your request under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Latest GWA of the 1st Year-4th Year Students in the College of Applied Economics (CAEc).

Our response to your request is due on Mar 27, 2020 02:55:45 PM. Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected to deal with your request because the school is currently on a work-from-home scheme because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I apologize for this delay but have applied for an extension so we could work further on your request. We hope to be able to send you a response on or before Apr 24, 2020 02:55:45 PM.

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/aglzfmVmb2ktcGhyHgsSB0NvbnRlbnQiEVVTRVAtMDA1MjU4ODAxMjkwDA, for request with ticket number #USEP-005258801290.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Robert Satore
FOI Officer

June 9, 2020

Dear Yoj Earl Rodas,

Greetings!

Thank you for your request dated Mar 06, 2020 02:55:45 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your request

You asked for the Latest GWA of the 1st Year-4th Year Students in the College of Applied Economics (CAEc).

Your request must conform to the requirements under the Data Privacy Act.

Response to your request:

You've requested for the processing of GWA of your research respondents. A student’s GWA is characterized as sensitive personal information under Sec.  3 (l)(2) of the Data Privacy Act. The Act defines sensitive personal information as any information which relates to “an individual’s health, education, genetic or sexual life of a person, or to any proceeding for any offense committed or alleged to have been committed by such person, the disposal of such proceedings, or the sentence of any court in such proceedings.” (Emphasis supplied)

Moreover, under Sec. 13 of the same Act provides the manner by which sensitive personal information may be processed. Sec. 13 reads in part:

Section 13. Sensitive Personal Information and Privileged Information. – The processing of sensitive personal information and privileged information shall be prohibited, except in the following cases:

(a) The data subject has given his or her consent, specific to the purpose prior to the processing, or in the case of privileged information, all parties to the exchange have given their consent prior to processing;

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(d) The processing is necessary to achieve the lawful and noncommercial objectives of public organizations and their associations: Provided, That such processing is only confined and    related    to    the    bona    fide    members    of    these    organizations    or    their associations: Provided, further, That the sensitive personal information are not transferred to third parties: Provided, finally, That consent of the data subject was obtained prior to processing; (Emphasis supplied)

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Your request to process the aforementioned sensitive personal information of his research subjects may fall within the purview of subsections (a) and (d) of Sec. 13 as hereinabove provided. Such a request may only be permitted when each of the data subjects has manifested his/her consent that his/her GWA will be processed.

In this regard, the following is suggested:

1.   There must be an express consent from the data subjects (research respondents) showing their affirmation that their GWAs be processed specifically to the purpose of the research.
2.   Only when the data subject manifested their consent can the university through the Registrar’s Office release the GWA of those students.
3.   As an alternative, Mr.  Rodas may request from the data subjects themselves their Respective GWAs provided that the data subject expressly manifest their consent.

Moreover, the disruptions caused by the pandemic cannot be the sole basis on allowing any acts which the law explicitly prohibits. The Data Privacy Act is silent as to any exceptions resulting from force majeure or other fortuitous events.

We sincerely hope that this opinion suffices. 

For further assistance, you may review the FAQ section of the eFOI site: https://www.foi.gov.ph/help.

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 Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, President, University of Southeastern Philippines, Bo. Obrero, Davao 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,
Robert Satorre
FOI Officer

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