Something to Look Forward to: The Philippines Will Be a No Smoking Country Very Soon!

Last October (2016), news broke out that the government is poised to implement a nationwide “No Smoking” policy that will make smoking in public areas (indoor or outdoor) basically, illegal.  Less than 5 months later, the President declared that he will be signing the EO anytime now. Good news, eh? The anticipated new law aimsContinue reading “Something to Look Forward to: The Philippines Will Be a No Smoking Country Very Soon!”

No Smoking in the Philippines!

In one of my recent trips to the Manila City Hall, I spotted a guy casually smoking a cigarette right outside the office of a city Councilor.  As I walked further down the hallway (which was lined with the offices of several other councilors) I saw more people puffing sticks after sticks of cigarettes.  IfContinue reading “No Smoking in the Philippines!”

What We Need To Know About Freedom of Information

Noong July 23, 2016, Sabado ng gabi, pinirmahan ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas ang Freedom of Information Executive Order sa Davao City.  Ito ang pagsasabatas ng pagbubukas ng mga pampublikong dokumento para sa mga Pilipino.  Layunin nito na itaas ang antas ng transparency at accountability ng gobyerno at kanyang mga opisyal at ahensya.  Kasama ito saContinue reading “What We Need To Know About Freedom of Information”