MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) implementing the Freedom of Information (FOI), Malacañang announced Sunday.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte on Saturday approved the EO which provides for full disclosure of government records and transactions.

Under the order, Andanar said, "Every Filipino shall have access to information, official records, public records and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions as well as government research data used as basis for public development."

Andanar said the order will cover departments and line agencies under the executive branch, including government-owned and -controlled corporations and state universities.

"Local government units are encouraged to observe and be guided by this order," he added.
Source: ABS-CBN News

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