Guingona files 'crowdsourcing' bill

Posted at 10/10/12 12:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona has filed a bill that will allow the public to participate in the legislation process.

Calling it “The Crowdsourcing Act of 2012”, Guingona said the bill will allow people to comment on pending legislation via electronic mail or the Internet.

"Crowdsourcing recognizes and allows the individual and collective power of the people, with the use of the internet and/or other information and communications system, to contribute to the formulation, improvement, and creation of laws that benefit the entire nation,” Guingona said in a statement.

He said the bill will also allow the public to reach their congressmen and senators and speak their mind in interpellations and debates.

He said public participation will serve as vital guidance for the lawmakers in their decision-making.

"From Batanes to Sulu, people must be allowed to participate in the process of law-making. When people are allowed to participate, we have better laws. When people are allowed to participate, we have better people," he said.