PIDS EPM 2020-2021
Reset and Rebuild for a Better Philippines in the Post-pandemic World
DLSU-AKI Working Paper Series 2021-11-079
Examining and Evaluating the Multidimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI) in the Philippine Household Context
DLSU-AKI Working Paper Series 2021-11-078
A Game Theoretic Study on CSR and Government Intervention for Sustainable Production
DLSU-AKI Working Paper Series 2021-11-077
Obstacles to Economic Freedom Affecting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Southeast Asian Countries

PIDS WB 2021-1104
Assessing the Philippines' Performance in Meeting the ASEAN Economic Community Vision 2025
PIDS WB 2021-1103
Examining The Health Impacts Of The COVID-19 Pandemic In The Philippines
ILS 30th Anniversary Video
PIDS WB 2021-1102
Evaluating the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program's Payment System
Publication Detail
PB2013-01: Pushing for Greater Transparency and Accountability through Freedom of Information

Transparency and accountability are closely linked and are important requisites to governance—that is, people in government can be held accountable for their actions and decisions. Government performance and financial transactions need to be assessed and verified, but this would be difficult to do unless there are opportunities to scrutinize public documents and financial records. There have been efforts to legislate a Freedom of Information (FOI) law that mandates government to open public records for scrutiny. However, there are issues that continue to stall its passage – i.e., (1) the disclosure of public contracts/agreements, funds and guarantees provided to private sector, (2) the exemptions from FOI due to “national security,” and (3) the inclusion of the “Right to Reply” provisions. This paper also discusses the experiences of other countries concerning their respective FOI laws. Lessons drawn from these experiences can potentially help the Philippines face up to its own challenges and ensure FOI’s implementation success.

Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department
Authors Keywords
Sempio, Aurea; Pushing for Greater Transparency and Accountability through Freedom of Information; FOI laws; freedom of information laws;
Download PDF Number of Downloads
Published in 2013 and available in the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department or Downloaded 331 times since October 01, 2015
Please let us know your reason for downloading this publication. May we also ask you to provide additional information that will help us serve you better? Rest assured that your answers will not be shared with any outside parties. It will take you only two minutes to complete the survey. Thank you.

To use as reference:
If others, (Please specify):
Name: (optional)
Email: (required, but will not display)
If Prefer to self-describe, please specify:
Level of Education:
If employed either part-time or full-time, name of office:
If others, (Please specify):
Would you like to receive the SERP-P UPDATES e-newsletter? Yes No
Use the space below if you have any comment about this publication or SERP-P knowledge resources in general.