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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) was certified to be fully compliant with the requirements set by the Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
 
After undergoing a stringent validation process, the FOI-PMO has determined that the DOTr has fully complied with the enhanced FOI requirements as one of the criteria for the grant of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.
 
The FOI requirements include the FOI Manual, one (1)-page Manual, Transparency Seal, and FOI Reports namely, the Inventory, Registry, and Summary.
 
Signed by PCOO Secretary and FOI Champion Martin Andanar, the Department’s compliance is “pursuant to Section 5 (b) of Memorandum Circular No. 2021 -1 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information, and Reporting Systems (Task Force Administration Order 25, s. 2011).
 
The DOTr fully supports the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to empower the citizenry through freedom of information, which primarily champions transparency, accountability, and good governance.
 
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, in underscoring the importance and value of the FOI, reiterates that as public servants, an integral part of the work environment and culture of excellence in public service primarily include the virtues of honesty and transparency.
 
For five consecutive years, the DOTr has been recognized as one of the top-performing and most requested executive departments in the FOI recognition program.
 
From November 2016 to 18 May 2022, the DOTr has received a total of 1,853 electronic FOI (eFOI) requests, 1,837 of which have been processed, and 16 requests requiring immediate action or needing additional information.
 
[Written by: Marilyn Montaño] 
 
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