3rd Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards - Top Performing Agency Recognition. From left: FOI Program Coordinator Assistant Secretary Atty. Michel Kristian R. Ablan, PSA - Knowledge Management and Communications Division Chief Ms. Simonette A. Nisperos, and Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Atty. Marvin R. Gatpayat. (PCOO Photo)
With at least 99 percent outstanding performance rating in compliance and response in the electronic freedom of information portal (eFOI), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was awarded as one of the top performing government agencies in the 2019 Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held on 12 December 2019.
The 2019 FOI Awards, headed by the PCOO, was established pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 3, s. 2019, which aims to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of government agencies, individuals, and organizations in the pursuit of ensuring the constitutional mandate of the right to information.
Ms. Simonette A. Nisperos, Chief of the Knowledge Management and Communications Division, received the plaque of recognition on behalf of the PSA.
For three years in a row, the PSA continues to be recognized for its exceptional and significant contribution to the FOI’s continuous advancement. Since the first FOI Awards in 2017, the FOI Champion award was conferred to the PSA among 268 participating agencies. And last year, the PSA was also recognized as the agency with the highest number of eFOI requests.
As National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, I am proud to lead an organization that is recognized by others as excellent. This honor bestowed to the PSA is a manifestation of our efforts in adhering to the FOI program. The PSA will continue to be innovative in developing ways of providing easily available quality information through its communications and dissemination programs.
CLAIRE DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General