WATCH: RTI Law Community Awareness On Ambae Island – 2:50 Minutes.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU recently visited the island of Ambae to inform the people there about the National Right To Information Law which which became an official in Vanuatu on 6 February 2017.

In some of the places that we visited the people were part of the consultation process and gratefully acknowledged the opportunity to have been involved in policy making.

This short 2:50 Minutes film briefly summaries a few interviews and shots of the walkabout.

This activity is funded by the Pacific Leadership Program.

WATCH: Short Interviews n RTI Law Community Awareness On Ambae Island

Photos: Right To Information Law Community Awareness –  Malekula Island  

Awareness session at Lakatoro Market House.

A Team from Transparency International Vanuatu was recently on the island of Malekula conducting community awareness’s on the Right To Information Law from the 2nd to the 9th of April 2017.

The trip to the island of Malekula was made possible through funding support from the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).

These are a few of the photos from that activity. 

Photos taken on a phone camera.

Traveling by boat to inform people from the offshore islands of Malekula.

Mother and her baby at Lakatoro.

Citizens being informed.

Distributing RTI Posters.

Raising the Right To Information message at Lakatoro.

Putting up posters at Potovro, Malekula.

Informing whoever we come across.

Right To Information Law is ‘The Peoples Law’.

The people have the right to know.

Distributing posters and brochures along the roads.

Vendor at Lakatoro Market House getting informed.

Matanvat, North West Malekula

Rensarie College.

Informing students and teachers at Rensarie College.

TIV Advocates In North West Malekula Schools 

Transparency International Vanuatu continues to inform schools on the island of Malekula about the Right To Information (RTI) Law.

Today the Transparency International Vanuatu Team continued its awareness program to north west Malekula and visited Unmet College and Brenwei Junior Secondary School.

These were the schools, in the north west area, that took part in the consultation process in 2016 including Unmet community. 

TIV Advocacy Officer Douglas Tamara Informs students.

Many students will wonder “but how will the RTI Law benefit us?”

The Right To Information Law is able to assist students who are doing their research. Because whatever age category you are you have the right to access accurate information. It will largely help students educational development.

Furthermore, the RTI Law is established to “promote transparency, accountability and national development by empowering and educating the public to understand and act upon their right to information and to increase public participation in governance.”

Unmet College, North West Malekula

Brenwei Junior Secondary School

Overall, this is a law that will fight corruption for the people. This is the ‘The Peoples Law’, and they deserve to know about it. This Transparency International Vanuatu’s current mission – Anywhere. Anytime. We Will Inform The People.

Voters Raise Voices OverLong Distance To Polling Station

ON THURSDAY THE 23rd of March voters from the Vanuatu provinces of MALAMPA, PENAMA, SHEFA and TAFEA took to the polling stations to cast their votes.

On that day a Transparency International Vanuatu Team was traveling around the island of Tanna conducting community awareness’s on the Right To Information Law.

Some of the voters that were spoken to described the distances that they had to walk to vote as “tiring, but it is our duty to elect our leaders.”

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One voter from the Polling Station of Launalang Primary School in North Tanna explained that the long distances was just one little part of the hard work they do every time there is an election, “we wake up early in the morning, around two or three o’clock, and begin our journey to the polling station. We walk for around three to four hours to reach our destination.”

“When both parents come to vote they also have to bring all their children, including the elderly. This means that they have to cook their lunch very early in the morning so that they can eat together under a shade somewhere near the polling station.”

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“After lunch they do not go home yet. They want to hear the Unofficial Results, so they have to wait till the polling station closes its door at around four or five in the evening, and then around six the Unofficial Results will come out. And by the time they get home, which would take again another three hours, it would be around nine or ten o’clock at night.”

Voters who walk long distances claim that they have the capacity and resources to conduct electoral voting processes at their own villages, “we can operate our own polling stations that is nearer to those of us that are living in the remote areas if the authorities approve of it, we have the capacity and the resources,” said a voter from North Tanna.

The elections on Tanna run smoothly with no major disturbances.

Below are a few photos of that day.

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MOU Signing Paves Way For Proper Management Of Records And Information

A MILESTONE MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MOU) signed yesterday (Tuesday 06 Dec 2016) ) between the Director of the Department of Strategic Planning, Policy and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) Gregoire Nimbtik, and the Director for Vanuatu Kaljurol Senta (VKS), Asal Lazare, now paves way for the establishment of mechanisms for proper records and information management under the Right To Information At.

The RTI Act was unanimously passed by parliament on 24 November 2016.

Speaking after the signing, DSPPAC Director Nimbtik said the MOU is very crucial to the pro-active and publication scheme under the implementation plan of the Right To Information policy and RTI Act.

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Mr. Gregoire Nimbtik (right) the  Director of DSPPAC formalising MOU with Mr Asal Lazare the Director of VKS.

Mr Nimbtik said under the MOU, the National Archives will take the lead in establishing National Records and Information Development Committee to reinforce best practice of records management and establish standards and guidelines as required by the RTI Act.

“Implementation of the RTI law will not succeed without good record keeping”, he said.

The RTI Unit under DSPPAC will work closely with VKS and the National Archives to set up respective committees under its strategic plan.

In response, VKS Director Lazare assured everyone of his agencies commitment to fulfilling the records management requirements under the RTI implemention plan.

“This signing is a historic milestone in cooperation between VKS and the Prime Minister’s Office. In the past we have been operating independently from other government departments, but that this MOU marks the beginning of closer working relationship with other agencies as we embark on the RTI implementation plan”, he said.

Mr Lazare said the MOU will also foster a recent structural change in his agency that saw the stream lining of sections from 11 down to 3, which are the Public Records and Archives, Production and the National Heritage, and the Research sections.

He believes the implementation process undertaken under the MOU will also assist in the functioning of his new structure.

The National Archives under the VKS has been working diligently in the past years to assist government agencies with records management training awareness and is committed to carrying out its strategic plans.

Source: Media Release from DSPPAC

What We Are Doing This 16 Days Of Activism

What we are doing during this 16 Days of Activism?

The Government’s Right To Information Unit, the Media Asosiesen  Blong Vanuatu (MAV) and Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) are visiting communities in Port Vila to inform the them about the Right To Information Bill that was recently passed by Parliament and how the implementation phase will roll out.

Why?

The Right To Information Law is the Peoples Law, therefore the people must be informed of how, and why, they need to use it.

Advising people that a powerful law like the Right To Information Law would just be another piece of paper unless it is used.

Lastly, now that the Right To Information Bill has passed, the people deserve the right to know what will happen next in its implementation phase.

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Efate Offshore Islands RTI Campaign Kick-Starts Next Week

OFFICERS FROM TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU (TIV) will be continuing the Right To Information (RTI) Bill Campaign to the island of Emau next week on Tuesday the 18th of October.

After successfully completing the RTI Bill Campaign around the island of Ambrym last month the TIV Team is focused now on visiting the Efate Offshore Islands to inform them about the RTI Bill. And the first island to be visited is the island of Emau.

The TIV Team is expected to begin the RTI awareness at ten o’clock (10:00am) at the Mangarongo Centre School, and invites village leaders and people from the villages of Mapua, Mangarongo, and Marou.

In the afternoon, a second RTI awareness will be held at Wiana village and people from the neighboring villages of Lausake and Ngurua could also attend there.

Transparency International Vanuatu, with financial assistance from the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP), has been conducting a year-long campaign since 2015 on the RTI Bill.

Our goals are to inform the people on the contents of the RTI Bill and how it will impact their lives when it becomes law, and to collectively gather and publish their opinions to the general public and to the Members of Parliament (MP) so that we can all share one voice and one vision when the time comes to talk about the RTI Bill when Parliament is in session.

After Emau, the next islands to be visited before the end of this month are the islands of Lelepa, Moso, Pele, and Nguna.