Masbate Vice Governor Jo Kristine Revil and Pakil Laguna Mayor Vincent Soriano are two of the LGU officials recognized for their efforts in upholding Freedom of Information. In photo with them are PCOO Undersecretary George Apacible, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Assistant Secretary Kelvin Lester Lee and FOI Program Director and PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information-Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), was recognized at the recent 2018 FOI Summit and Awards held at the National Museum Auditorium, National Museum of Fine Arts. The FOI Summit was organized in partnership with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

In his speech, PCOO Assistant Secretary and FOI Program Director Kristian Ablan highlighted the mission of PCOO to transform the government to being open and transparent.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, on the other hand, asserted that “the program serves as a formidable tool for fighting fake news and a game-changer in the information-dissemination process, as FOI becomes an efficient mechanism for garnering first-hand and reliable information.”

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DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno also expressed his gratitude to government agencies that continue to serve the Filipino people and enable civic engagement in the Philippines.

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