Freedom of Information Practice to Advance Issues, Advocacies, and Related Rights

Organization(s)

Right to Know Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN)

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Basic Project Information

The Right to Know Right Now! Coalition trained Filipino CSOs on how to file and track access to information requests in order to support their ongoing efforts to lobby Congress to pass the Freedom of Information bill.

Methodology / Approach

Project Summary

Objectives

Build public demand for freedom of information (FOI)

  • Enforce transparency and accountability policies and norms to combat corruption
  • Nurture a community of practice composed of citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) claiming their right to information through methodical, evidence-based research, documentation, and simultaneous filing of requests for information

Summary

The Right to Know Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN), a multi-sectoral alliance of CSOs committed to advancing freedom of information (FOI) in the Philippines, partnered with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to train coalition members on how to conduct evidence-based research and how to file and track access to information requests. R2KRN invited all interested coalition members to participate in a two-day training, led by PCIJ. During the event, representatives of 12 CSOs received training on how to request information from government agencies, discussed existing FOI laws and advocacy efforts, and obtained log sheets and other materials to guide their future access to information activities. The CSOs divided into three distinct groups, based on their existing research agendas, to focus on specific FOI themes:

  • Transparency and Good Governance: Budget, Health, and Elections
  • Industrial Policy (ASEAN Economic Community)
  • Welfare and Rights of Farmers, Migrant Workers, Civil Servants, and Consumers

Building on the skills gained during the training event, each group approached government agencies relevant to their FOI theme to request documents. CSOs tracked requests and responses from government in real-time through a shared google doc. PCIJ compiled and collated CSOs’ findings, which revealed major backlogs in the time it takes government to release information in response to requests, as well as a lack of uniform procedures for disseminating information. R2KRN shared these findings with coalition members and other CSOs across the Philippines, and continues to use this research in advocating Congress for the passage of the FOI bill.

Use of Information Communication Technology

None

Scale

12 CSOs trained

Target Population

Citizens and civil society organizations
Results

Evaluation

No formal evaluation conducted

Results Methodology

Self-reported results

Indicators Used

Not applicable

Reported Results

  • Increased receptivity of policymakers to the proposed FOI bill
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