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The Institute for Labor Studies has created a one-page Freedom of Information (FOI) manual in compliance with FOI-Memorandum Circular No. 01, s.2020 or the “FOI Guidelines in the Development of a One-Page FOI Manual.”

Working under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the FOI-Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) has released a template for offices containing an abridged version of the FOI Manual, which only includes the basic and essential provisions in the agency’s Manual, such as the name of the appointed FOI Receiving Officer, FOI Receiving Officer, contact details, details of procedures, the number of days allotted for standard request and for request with extension, flowchart, and remedy process in case of denial.

The said contents are designed to fit in one page only. Government offices are directed to produce printed copies of the shortened manual to be posted in their entrances and to be distributed to citizens and/or prospective Requesting Parties visiting any government office.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 02, also known as the Freedom of Information (FOI) Program, on 23 July 2016 in Davao City establishing the first Freedom of Information (FOI) Program in the country. It requires all executive departments, agencies, bureaus, and offices to disclose public records, contracts, transactions, and any information requested by a member of the public, except for matters affecting national security.

The Institute awaits the approval of their one-page FOI Manual by the FOI-PMO.