Position Paper on Bills on People’s Access to Official Information

The Access to Information Network would like to thank the Committee on
Public Information for commencing deliberations on the various House
Bills seeking to strengthen the Constitutional guarantee on public
access to official information, and for giving us the opportunity to be
heard on these measures.

The Access to Information Network would like to thank the Committee on
Public Information for commencing deliberations on the various House
Bills seeking to strengthen the Constitutional guarantee on public
access to official information, and for giving us the opportunity to be
heard on these measures. For several years now, we have been advocating
for legislation that will address existing weaknesses in the law on
access to information. We note that the Committee on Public Information
of the House of Representatives have, during the past two Congresses,
successfully shepherded the approval on three readings of a
consolidated bill, but because of time constraints, the approval of a
counterpart bill in the Senate has failed to materialize. This time we
are very optimistic, given the timing of the deliberations by this
Committee, that we may be able to finally see the enactment of a
landmark law on access to information that will have a profound impact
on the country's public life, securing for all of us a transparent and
accountable government as well as a vibrant and informed public
participation in the resolution of matters of public interest.

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