NAMRIA is conferred by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) with two awards of recognition in the recently held 2021 Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards. The awarding ceremony was held on 25 November 2021 in Cebu City and was livestreamed via the official FOI Philippines’ Facebook page. This year’s FOI Awards coincides with the celebration of the fifth year implementation of the FOI Program in the country, as promulgated by Executive Order (EO) No. 02, series of 2016.
NAMRIA, under the leadership of NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD, was recognized as first runner-up under the FOI Champion for Agencies/Bureaus/Commissions/Councils Category. This award category is conferred to national government agencies “for their exceptional or significant contributions to the FOI Program’s progress and development.” This is the third consecutive year that NAMRIA has been recognized for its best practices in championing transparency and accountability, promoting good governance, and empowering Filipino citizens through access to information.
NAMRIA’s FOI Receiving Officer, Ms. Zenaida A. Leaño from the Support Services Branch (SSB) also earned a special citation as one of the Best FOI Officer awardees this year. The Best FOI Officers were cited for their “exemplary performance as FOI frontliners in providing information to the public.”
The FOI Awards was established in 2017 pursuant to FOI Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 6, series of 2017 to recognize the efforts of government agencies, individuals, and organizations that contributed to the development and progress of the FOI Program. This year’s awardees were evaluated and validated by the FOI Awards Committee from July – August 2021 based on the guidelines and criteria stated in FOI Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2021.
Screenshot taken from the event coverage shows Administrator Tiangco and the rest of NAMRIA officials after receiving the 1st runner-up award under the FOI Champion: Agencies/Bureaus/Commissions/Councils category.
Ms. Leaño receives NAMRIA's agency award on behalf of Administrator Tiangco.
Ms. Leaño receives her award as one of the 2021 Best FOI Officers.
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