DOST-TAPI RECOGNIZED AS A TRAILBLAZER IN INCLUSIVE INFORMATION ACCESS AT THE 2023 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARDS
By Rizalniño L. Noble
Taguig City – In a celebration of commitment to transparency and the fundamental right to access to information, the Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) was recognized as a dedicated partner institution at the 2023 Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards. The prestigious event, held on 21 November 2023 at the Hilton Manila, aimed to acknowledge and honor government and private institutions, and civic society organizations that have played a pivotal role in championing transformative and inclusive access to information for Filipino citizens.
The accolade comes as a testament to DOST-TAPI's unwavering dedication to fostering an environment where information is not only accessible but is also a powerful tool for empowerment and in the performance of its duties as a national government agency mandated to promote an effective and efficient innovation system towards the adoption and utilization of inventions, innovations, and services. The institution's efforts have significantly contributed to breaking down barriers that hindered the public's access to vital information, ensuring a more transparent and informed society. FOI Receiving Officer, Rizalniño L. Noble, was again recognized as one of the Best FOI Receiving Officers in the country.
The 2023 FOI Awards, organized by FOI-Project Management Office under the Presidential Communications Office, highlighted DOST-TAPI for its outstanding initiatives and practices in promoting inclusivity, making information accessible to diverse segments of the Filipino population. Whether through innovative digital platforms, community engagement programs, or collaborative partnerships, DOST-TAPI has emerged as a beacon of progress in the realm of open and accountable governance.
The 2023 FOI Awards not only acknowledged DOST-TAPI's past accomplishments but also served as a call to action for continued collaboration and innovation in the pursuit of an even more transparent and inclusive society. As DOST-TAPI stands among the distinguished honorees, it sets a standard for other institutions to emulate in the ongoing journey towards a more informed and empowered Filipino citizenry.
By: Rommel A. Pamaos
The third and last leg of HANDA PILIPINAS: Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management 2023 was held in Visayas and coincided with the 10th year anniversary of the Philippines’ Worst National Disaster, the destruction brought by Typhoon Yolanda.
Held in Summit Hotel in Tacloban City, the three-day exposition that started from November 8-10 only had one agenda In mind, and that was to strengthen our disaster risk management capabilities so the same tragedy would not fall again on our country. With the theme "STY Yolanda Remembered: Understanding Risks and Preventing Future Disasters," the Handa Pilipinas Visayas Leg showcases the technology from organizations that made significant contributions for swift recovery through Science, Technology, and Innovation interventions, while also highlighting the lessons learned from Super Typhoon Yolanda. It also seeks to provide information and expertise in disaster risk and management to the Visayas stakeholders.