BORONGAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA)-More than a thousand Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) students from the two campuses in Borongan City and Guiuan welcomed the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Transparency Caravan and Roadshow.
The Transparency Caravan and PCOO Roadshow took place in Borongan City on Feb. 18 and in Guiuan on Feb. 19.
PCOO Asec. Kristian Ablan led the resource speakers with his Freedom of Information (FOI) talk.
Ablan said that the FOI Program is a mechanism that enables any citizen to request information on government operations and transactions.
He said that it can be done through electronic means by email or by the standard paper type.
"FOI can be used for academic research, for innovation and citizen empowerment," said Ablan.
The PCOO official urged the students to use FOI since statistics reveal that there are few users in the Visayas and Mindanao.
During the program, PCOO awarded FOI Ambassador Von Darryl Mabuna, ESSU Student Council President.
As to ESSU Guiuan campus, Marie Carl Caringal, editor-in-chief of the Campus Quill was recognized.
As student ambassadors, Caringal and Mabuna will serve as ESSUs champion in promoting truthful and responsible research within the academe through the FOI program.
Also awarded were exemplary students in essay writing, poster making, photography and debate in the two campuses.
PCOO Ablan and ESSU President Dr. Edmundo Campoto also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the FOI program in the university.
ESSU Borongan and ESSU Guiuan also received some information materials for their library.
In ESSU Guiuan, Dr. Andres Pagatpatan, school administrator received the information materials.
Aside from ASec. Ablan, DILG Russel Pascual also talked of DevLIVE mobile application that allows people to provide feedback in terms of progress, timeliness and effectiveness of local infrastructure projects in real time.
The tandem of DOST and DBM Ma. Loran Hipolito and Carl Angelo Ginez also talked of the Project Digital Information for Monitoring and Evaluation (DIME).
Under Projet DIME, various technologies and expertise on data acquisition developed and acquired by DOST will be used in the program like satellites and drones that will give the agency a more efficient way to monitor big ticket projects.
FOI for the PCOO, DevLIVE from the DILG and Project DIME are just some of the transparency initiatives of the Duterte government, said Ablan. (nbq/PIA8-E. Samar)