November 27, 2016

Freedom of Information - 'eFOI' Access and Request Records Online

As the Freedom of Information (Executive Order No. 2, series of 2016) in the Philippines was launched yesterday, you can visit their website to place your or submit a request by signing up an account on eFOI online system. This site is open to the public so you can now access vital government information from participating agencies under the Executive Branch.

You can also view statistics like a summary of request, timelines, exemptions and outcomes that can be filtered by agency and date. The details are represented by a graphical chart and updated daily at 2:00AM local time.
Freedom of Information Website

How to Request Records, Documents and Data in eFOI Online System


Any Filipino citizen can make a request all you need to do is register and present a valid ID that serves as proof of identification. A request is just a button away, just provide the complete inquiry details needed in the Freedom of Information request form as your attachment. If it’s your first time to use their website you can always visit FAQ tab to know more details.

Steps:

  1. Open you browser and go to https://www.foi.gov.ph
  2. Request by click the ‘Make a Request’ button
  3. Select the agency where you need to request information
  4. Provide complete details of your request e.g. title of document, coverage date, purpose and attachment needed then submit your request.
  5. Wait for your request to be processed within 15-35 working days
  6. Tracking your request is done thru eFOI website, email, call and text.
Freedom of Information request form

List of Agencies:

DBM - Department of Budget and Management
DOF - Department of Finance
DOH - Department of Health
DICT - Department of Information and Communications Technology
DOJ - Department of Justice
DOTr - Department of Transportation
NAP - National Archives of the Philippines
OGCC - Office of the Government Corporate Counsel
OSG - Office of the Solicitor General
PH - PhilHealth
PNP - Philippine National Police
PSA - Philippine Statistics Authority
PCGG - Presidential Commission on Good Government
PCOO - Presidential Communications Operations Office
PAO - Public Attorney’s Office

You can also download FOI manual on every agency and call their hotline numbers found on the website. As this is in beta phase the government assures to continue and update until they perfect the online system.

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