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by: Adelio D. Rico

The Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) recently awarded Laguna Lake Development Authority with Certificate of Compliance for the development and implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual, including the uploading of the same in the corporate website within the prescribed period.

PCOO issued FOI Memorandum Circular No. 4, s. 2017, requiring all government agencies to upload their respective FOI Manual in the Transparency Seal webpage of their corporate website.

According to PCOO, as of 10 January 2018, only 83 out of 144 government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) were found compliant during the validation process.

On the other hand, PCOO also manages a web-based FOI portal (www.foi.gov.ph). Interested individuals may lodge their request for information through the said portal and the concerned government agency is required to respond accordingly through the same portal; thus, minimizes transaction cost on the side of the requesting party. LLDA is among the 34 GOCCs who are currently registered users of such web-based application.