Full Disclosure filed by Robredo

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.

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. 

The Full Disclosure Bill ensures transparency but, by imposing penalties for non-compliance, also deters public officials from committing graft and corruption and other acts unbecoming of servant leaders.  The framework of the policy takes off from the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2010-83 issued by then Secretary Jesse Robredo in August 2010 ordering LGUs and DILG regional offices to report their finances as well as bids and public offerings.  It was part and parcel of the Seal of Good Housekeeping that then DILG Secretary Robredo wanted to pursue.

Under the proposed measure the following are mandated to be disclosed by national and local governments and the GOCCs: annual budget, budget execution documents, accountability reports, procurement plan, invitation to bid, annual financial statements, consolidated bi-annual financial and narrative accomplishment reports and other documents and information required to be made available to the public by law, agency issuances and local ordinances.  The measure differs from the People’s FOI because no request is needed to secure documents.  Full disclosure is directed more on money matters, hence its budget centric orientation.

The disclosures shall be posted in conspicuous places within public buildings, printed media of general circulation, and in official websites of the agencies, offices and instrumentalities.  Any violation of the measure shall be penalized by a fine amounting to five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00).

 

Full Disclosure Policy Explanatory

 

Full Disclosure Policy