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Gov't Employee: We made FOI happened in 120 days with no budget allocation, dedicated workfroce

One of the reasons that VP Leni Robredo cited in her public statement about her resignation (she was actually fired) yesterday was the slashed budget for HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council). The budget for the agency was cut, yes, but that doesn't mean the agency could no longer function and perform its mandate.

Take this one government employee's story for example.
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Kris Ablan claims that he's part of the team that made FOI (Freedom Of Information) happened.

As part of his campaign promise, Duterte's resolve to run a clean government is irrevocable. Remaining true to his word, Duterte signed an executive order in his first week in office mandating "the State adopts and implements a policy of full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest, subject to reasonable conditions prescribed by law," a move that was deliberately avoided during BS Aquino's regime.

The public now has an unintercepted access to government documents. Catching erring and corrupt government employees has never been this easy.

Read his full post below:
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.


Source: Kris Ablan
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