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President Rodrigo Duterte’s Freedom of Information Officially Open for Public

First time in the history of Philippine Government! Finally Freedom of information is officially signed by President Duterte and is already open to public.

Any Filipino citizen can make an FOI request for information, official records, public records, documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development. 

It can be filed online via, www.foi.gov.ph.

There are nine FOI exceptions:
* Information covered by Executive privilege.
* Privileged information relating to national security, defense or international relations.
* Information concerning law enforcement and protection of public and personal safety.
* Information deemed confidential for the protection of the privacy of persons and certain individuals such as minors, victims or crimes, or the accused.
* Information, documents or records known by reason of official capacity and are deemed as confidential, including those submitted or disclosed by entities to government agencies, tribunals, boards, or officers, in relation to the performance of their functions, or to inquiries or investigation conducted by them in the exercise of their administrative, regulatory or quasi-judicial powers.
* Prejudicial premature disclosure.
* Records of proceedings or information from proceedings which, pursuant to law or relevant rules and regulations, are treated as confidential or privileged.
* Matters considered confidential under banking and finance laws, and their amendatory laws.
* Other exceptions to the right to information under laws, jurisprudence, rules and regulations. [source]

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