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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Andanar: An exciting week ahead

THIS week will be a historic week, said Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday, July 10.

A news was released by the PCO Secretary saying that the Duterte administration will make two important moves within this week: the action for the West Philippine Sea as results of the United Nations (UN) Arbitration Court decision on the West Philippine Sea will be released Tuesday, and the release of the executive order on Freedom of Information.

In connection with West Philippine Sea dispute, Andanar, in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday, said, “Let us wait for the decision and the Solicitor General will study this, then that’s the time we shall explore our next move.”

Andanar added that the (EO) on Freedom of Information is also something that the public can look forward to.

“At yung mga ibang announcement pa po ng iba't ibang departamento sa Executive branch," he said.

President Duterte in video aired by PTV4 on Thursday evening said that the draft of the EO was handed over to him after the meeting of the Cabinet members that very day and its contents were still subject for review.

He added that the EO will be implemented immediately.

“So, this will be implemented, at the very least, next week,” he said.

The proposed EO is entitled “Operationalizing in the executive branch the people’s constitutional right to information and the state policies of full public disclosure and transparency in public service and providing guidelines therefore.”

Duterte in the same video vowed to “hurry up the process” to make his administration transparent and open for public scrutiny.

Before the draft of the EO on FOI was submitted to the president, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar met with FOI advocates to consult with them.

While the President promised to prioritize the EO on FOI, he said that he would let Congress decide whether they would file an FOI bill. (With reports from Ruth Abbey Gita/Sunnex)
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