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The government’s promotion of transparency receives a boost.

MANILA, Philippines — The Freedom of Information-Project Management Office (FOI-PMO) and the University of the Cordilleras (UC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase efforts to promote government openness.

FOI Philippines announced the signing of an MOU and the formal transfer of FOI library resources to UC in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“A ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a formal handover of FOI Library Materials occurred between FOI-PMO and its newest SUC partner, the University of the Cordilleras (UC),” according to the statement.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), as the lead agency in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), has expanded its efforts to keep the public informed by promoting access to government information within academic institutions and information specialists through the FOI-PMO.

Training for registered librarians was also held at the UC in Baguio City, in addition to the signing of the MOU and the handover of FOI library items, according to FOI Philippines.

The program was attended by registered librarians from the University of Baguio, Baguio City Public Library, and Saint Louis University, among others.

The FOI Workshop for Librarians is a CPD program designed to provide registered librarians with an understanding of the FOI Program and the eFOI platform as a research tool.

Registered librarians from national government agencies, including librarians from state universities and colleges (SUCs), government-owned or controlled companies, local government entities, and public and academic libraries, are among the participants.

The purpose of the session is to assist librarians in guiding all students and instructors who have questions about the FOI Program in libraries.

It will also help students and professors who need to use government data in their research and thesis writing.

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