In the recent 2021 Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards ceremony, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI-PMO), conferred on the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) the FOI Champion Award in the Agencies, Bureaus, Councils and Commissions in the National Government Agency (NGA) category.
NTC bested seven (7) agency nominees for FOI Champion out of 186 NGAs on-board the eFOI portal.
For three (3) consecutive years, the NTC was recognized as a consistent Top Performing Agency in the FOI Program Implementation with its FOI Officer also consistently awarded.
This year, a Plaque of Appreciation was again conferred on NTC for being one of the Top Requested and Performing Agencies with 1000 above requests and with at least 90% closed transactions in the eFOI portal.
NTC FOI Officer Ms. Divina N. Daquioag was also awarded a Special Citation Award, the FOI Program Director’s Award and Grace Under Pressure Award for being one among the seven (7) Best FOI Officers from a field of 4,322 FOI Officers designated across various government agencies.
Receiving the award from PCOO Undersecretary Kristian R. Ablan, on behalf of the NTC, were Ms. Divina N. Daquioag, NTC FOI Officer, Atty. Ricardo Casimiro, II of NTC Region 9, Atty. Alan Felix Macaraya, Jr. of NTC Region 7, Engr. Nelson C. Daquioag, OIC Director of NTC Region 2, Ms. Sophia Lynn Lumantod, OIC Director of NTC Region 7.
Upon accepting the award, NTC Commissioner Cordoba said, “Rest assured that the NTC, through its FOI Officers’ daily intervention in the eFOI portal and its standard platforms of filing FOI requests, will continue to abide by the principles of the FOI Program implementation as we constantly strive to render transparent, fast and reliable public service to the Filipino people.”
Cordoba thanked all NTC Branch and Regional Directors, and FOI Officers nationwide for adhering to the FOI program’s thrusts, specifically commending the NTC’s Regulation Branch for being the top requested branch which successfully complied with all requested information. Cordoba also mentioned that the NTC will continue supporting the passing of the FOI Bill currently pending in Congress.
The FOI Awards is an annual celebration dedicated to FOI partners, program implementors, and stakeholders who have contributed to the FOI Program’s implementation and advancement.