20 September 2012

Youth leaders call for immediate committee hearing of FOI Bill

Earlier today, the FOI Youth Initiative (FYI) submitted letters and the manifesto of youth and student organizations for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill to the House of Representatives. The FYI is a network of youth and student organizations “that are committed in being involved in the campaign for the passage of the [FOI] Bill.”

The group sent a letter to Speaker Sonny Belmonte asking him to join the call “for transparency and accountability by pushing for a hearing on the FOI Bill in the Committee on Public Information chaired by Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone.”

In another correspondence, the FYI urged Rep. Evardone “to conduct a hearing on the FOI Bill in order for it to be passed in the 15th Congress.”

“We recognize the concerns of some Representatives on particular provisions on the measure, but it is in our strong belief that these can truly be addressed in the different stages of the legislative process once the bill is reported out of the Committee,” said Carlo Brolagda, Convenor of the FYI and the Chairperson of the UP Diliman CSSP Student Council.

The manifesto was signed by thirty-three (33) youth organizations and student councils. 

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