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DID YOU KNOW? Duterte admin's FOI Portal was produced with zero budget, limited workforce

Here's another success story from the people working under the Duterte administration.

While some government employees complain about the budget cuts for their agencies, these government employees maximized what's only available to them.

With a very limited workforce and zero budget (non at all for 2016 and 2017), government employees tasked to come up with the FOI Portal were able to accomplish what seemed to be the impossible.
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This proves that you don't have to have hefty budget to make everything in the government happen. You just have to make use of the resources that are available to you.

Given the importance of the FOI Portal, this is indeed a very welcome development for this country.

Check out this amazing story shared by Kris Ablan on his personal Facebook account.
As a government official serving the Duterte administration, I'd like to share my 5 month work experience, so that you guys get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.

After the President signed the EO on FOI, he instructed the PCOO to oversee implementation.
There was no budget for FOI in the 2016 GAA. (None also for 2017 because the previous admin prepared next year's budget)
There was also no personnel whatsoever for a project monitoring office.
And we were given only 120 days to implement the program.

Let me repeat.
No money. No people. And very little time.
But we did it.
Because the president told us to do so.

We scraped for funds here and there. We asked for technical assistance from other agencies like DICT and DBM. We convinced people to volunteer for FOI. And we worked hard, day in, day out.

With what we had, we conducted more than a dozen FOI workshops, drafted model FOI manuals, printed FOI forms, launched a working FOI website, and had 95% FOI Manual compliance rate across the departments, all within 120 days.

No complaints.
Just results.

Because this is a government that works.

Kudos to you and your team sir!

DID YOU KNOW? Duterte admin's FOI Portal was produced with zero budget, limited workforce DID YOU KNOW? Duterte admin's FOI Portal was produced with zero budget, limited workforce Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 5:48:00 AM Rating: 5

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