Freedom of Information is a Must – Legarda

After the Philippine Senate passed on second reading Senate Bill 3208, or the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) Act of 2012, Senator Loren Legarda reiterated that freedom of information is a must, especially in matters concerning the government.

Legarda, co-sponsor of the measure, explained that the various controversies in the past decade have left Filipino citizens doubting the capability of the government to do its mandate of serving the best interest of the people.

“Under this proposed measure, we aim to feed our people with information about us, the leaders they elected into office, and the businesses our offices deal with. All government agencies will be mandated to disclose information on public interest transactions, documents or records,” she said.

The Senator also said that the compulsory disclosure shall be done by posting the aforementioned documents on government websites for easy access, aside from providing these documents upon a person’s request. Furthermore, vital information will be translated into major Filipino languages and made easier to comprehend.

“While the present administration is undertaking efforts to elevate the citizens’ trust and confidence in the government, we must give the people something that they can hold on to that would ensure that honesty, transparency and accountability will always be upheld,” Legarda concluded.***

  • Patotz

    I hope they pass this bill right away. Information is crucial in all things. And if the politicians we let govern us really mean what they say, they shouldn’t have a problem being a little transparent, eh? I appreciate Loren Legarda’s willingness to disclose her work. She has shown nothing less than brilliant these past few weeks.

    • kuracha

      Totoo po sir.. grabe po yung trabaho nya para sa mga tao na nabaha sa compostella valley. my prayers go out to all families who lost a loved one this month.. kakalungkot po talaga yun..

    • pimiento

      tama kapatid! agree din ako jan, bait talaga ni mam loren!

  • Memerazzi

    Ok sakin ang bill na yan!!! sna nga ma-pass na sya soon 🙂 Pati si Legarda sobrang ok sakin! !

  • Chakakanvas

    yeah i also this bill will be pass soon, im sure everyone will be happy about it !