CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO INFO BILL HURDLES SENATE 3rd READING

Office of Rep. Lorenzo R. Tañada III
Chairperson: Committee on Human Rights
Northwing 409, House of Representatives, Quezon City
telefax: 9316478 or 9315001 loc. 7368 email:erin_tanada@yahoo.com
News Release- December 14, 2009 References: Erin Tanada-09193688555 Media officer: Laurice Ramos- 09228433311

CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO INFO BILL HURDLES SENATE 3rd READING

Ecstatic author of the Freedom of Information Act in the House of Representatives, Rep. Lorenzo R. Tañada III (Liberal Party, 4th District, Quezon Province) happily reported its passage on 3rd Reading in the Senate after so many Congresses of grueling lobby work by various interest groups led by the Access to Information Network (ATIN).

“In the past, the bill was only able to get the nod of the House of Representatives but then gets stuck in the Senate. It is only now that significant strides were achieved with regard to pushing this bill,” Tañada said.

The solon emphasized the importance of getting the bill passed by the Bicameral Conference Committee, ratified by both Houses and signed by the President as soon as possible.

“Access to information by ordinary citizens is a key to a thriving and living democracy. It is a critical ingredient in ensuring informed participation of people on matters that shape public policy. Likewise, it is a good anti-corruption measure as it provides transparency on matters of public concern,” he further elaborated.

Tañada joined the ATIN in their gathering in the Senate today to give his moral support to the advocacy that he deeply shares with the network. He likewise acknowledged the important role that Senators Allan Peter Cayetano and Miguel Zubiri played in the Senate and Reps. Joel Villanueva and Del de Guzman in the House of Representatives in seeing the bill thru.

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