PHILIPPINES-AN FOI LAW – IN PASIG
Philippine press and broadcast associations such as the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), supporting the FOI Act. Wikimedia Commons.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Oct 14
Sans fanfare or media coverage (only this paper, it appears, reported on it), the Pasig City government recently passed Ordinance No. 37 — “The Pasig Transparency Mechanism Ordinance” — which allows the disclosure of city public records, including financial documents and contracts, upon request by ordinary citizens. The law effectively makes Pasig the first city in Metro Manila to have its own version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill — a measure long promised by a succession of national leaders, but until now stalled in Congress.
First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer