SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
BUHAY Party List Representative Lito Atienza is moving for more transparency in the conduct of proceedings of both Houses of Congress.
"I filed House Bill No. 4049 calling for the showing of live proceedings of the sessions and committee hearings of the Senate and the House of Representatives from gavel to gavel on the People's Television Network Inc. (PTNI)," Atienza said.
Atienza said that just like C-Span in the USA, the Philippines needs to have that kind of unprecedented access to its officials. The bill seeks to amend Section 9 of the PTNI's Charter, Republic Act No. 7306 adding to its functions the showing of live proceedings of both Houses without editing nor commentary.
"The People of the Philippines are demanding transparency from their government officials. Officials whom they elected, and who need to make an accounting of their actions while in government," Atienza added.
Atienza likewise is pushing for the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which was not approved in the previous Congresses, prompting several groups to re-file it.
"In the midst of all the exposes on the misuse of public funds, this is the best way to deter corrupt politicians trying to pocket the money of the people. I believe now is the best time for Congress to act and approve this bill as it is one way of proving to the people that we are sincere in cleaning house. It is our hope that once Congress passes this bill, it will make government transactions more transparent and will definitely promote good governance and accountability," Atienza stressed.