Budget dep’t backs freedom of info bill | Inquirer News

Budget dep’t backs freedom of info bill

The Department of Budget and Management supports the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, saying it is consistent with the goal of the Aquino administration to promote transparency.

“Yes, we support it as it is geared toward transparency,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad told reporters on Wednesday after the launch of two budget-related programs at the DBM headquarters in Manila.

ADVERTISEMENT

However, Abad said the DBM had given its proposed amendments to the original bill. The highlight of the inputs from the budget department is the creation of an institution that will serve as a mediator between government agencies and citizens requesting information from said agencies.

Under DBM’s proposal, citizens who are dissatisfied with a government agency’s response to requests for information may file complaints with the mediating institution.

FEATURED STORIES

On the other hand, government agencies may discuss with the mediating institution about certain information that should not be disclosed even if a request for it to be made public has been made.

“Of course, there are also information that should remain confidential,” Abad said. He cited information involving national security.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Department of Budget and Management, Freedom of Information bill, State Budget and Taxes
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.