From People’s FOI now comes a Full Disclosure measure filed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo at the start of the gate of the 16th Congress.  House Bill No. 21 obliges all government agencies—the executive, legislative, and judicial branches— and their instrumentalities to conspicuously disclose their budget and financial transactions instead of merely issuing a statement of income and expenses, as prescribed by related provisions.

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In a privilege speech, Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan) said some "greedy" quarters from the mining sector have brought about environmental degradation in the province, affecting the living conditions of the indigenous people inhabiting the ancestral lands where the mining sites are located.

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1st of July marked the first day of 16th Congress and a historic move has been made by various citizens and organizations with the filing of the People’s FOI Bill pursuant to Republic Act No. 6735 or The Initiative and Referendum Act enacted by the 8th Congress and signed to law last 4 August 1989.

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today underlined the crucial role of sustained exchanges and cooperation between and among government institutions, the academe and the private sector in the molding of leaders and educators whose capabilities should be tempered with integrity to promote good governance.

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