By Sal Daculla
MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was conferred the hall of fame award for besting other national government agencies for three consecutive years as Freedom of Information (FOI) champion.
In accepting the award, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has committed to continue leading DOLE in its quest of empowering the people through information.
Bello also guaranteed that the DOLE will remain committed in pushing for an informed and empowered citizenry as the FOI Program entails openness across the government.
According to Bello, it has been the DOLE’s practice over the past several years to advocate the highest level of transparency.
Bello believes that transparency and accountability are pillars of good governance, which DOLE strongly upholds through its policies and programs.
The awards were given by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) during the 2020 FOI Awards ceremony at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Quezon City.
The FOI Awards is given to government agencies, individuals and organizations that champion public access to information.
On the other hand, the Hall of Fame Award is conferred to government agencies who have won for three consecutive years. (AI/MTVN/FC)