SIXTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE )
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES )
First Regular Session )
(Filed through Indirect Initiative under Republic Act No. 6735)
Introduced by PUBLIC SERVICES LABOR INDEPENDENT CONFEDERATION (PSLINK), PHILIPPINE RURAL RECONSTRUCTION MOVEMENT (PRRM), NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP), FOI YOUTH INITIATIVE (FYI), ALLIANCE OF PROGRESSIVE LABOR (APL), CAUCUS OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS (CODE-NGO), SOCIAL WATCH PHILIPPINES, FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH - PHILIPPINES, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY NETWORK (TAN), PEACE WOMEN PARTNERS, PHILIPPINE AIRLINES EMPLOYEES ...view middle of the document...
While the Supreme Court has consistently held that the right to information under the Bill of Rights is self-executory, it lacks the substantive and procedural details necessary for its effective and predictable implementation.
This Initiative Bill, filed under Section 3 (b) and Section 11 of Republic Act 6735, or "The Initiative and Referendum Act", has the following chief specific purposes:
First, it seeks to address the lack of definite scope and limitations to the right to information. Second, it seeks to address the absence of a uniform and effective procedure for access to information. Third, it seeks to address the absence of sanctions for unlawful denial or delay of access to information. Fourth, it introduces mechanisms to facilitate better citizen access to information, such as providing standards for record keeping and mandating the pro-active disclosure of classes of information imbued with high public interest.
Beyond the above specific purposes, the Initiative Bill will also promote the general purposes that the framers of the Constitution sought to achieve with the express recognition of the right to information and the adoption of full disclosure of transactions as a state policy. The twin constitutional provisions of the right to information and the policy of full public disclosure of government transactions are intended to promote the fundamental precepts of democracy, people's participation, public office being a public trust, government accountability, prevention of corruption, and responsive decision-making.
The enactment of this Initiative Bill is earnestly urged.
Annie Enriquez Geron
Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK)
Isagani R. Serrano
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
Rupert Francis Diohen Mangilit
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
Allan Pangilinan Adolfo Jose Montesa
FOI Youth Initiative (FYI)
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Sixto Donato C. Macasaet
Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO)
Leonor Magtolis Briones
Social Watch Philippines
Clarissa V. Militante
Focus on the Global South - Philippines
Vincent T. Lazatin
Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN)
Mercedes L. Angeles
Peace Women Partners
Gerry F. Rivera
Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA)
Rolando G. Ocampo
Prudentialife Warriors Pilipinas
Francisco S. Aguilar Jr.
Filipino Migrant Workers Group (FMWG)
Eirene Jhone E. Aguila
Aksyong Kabayaihan Para sa Organisadong Pagbabago (ANGKOP)
Kathryn Roja G. Raymundo
Center for Media...