PLDT Grant

Joseph Ratliff filed this request with the United States Trade and Development Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2020-004

Est. Completion Jan. 31, 2020
Status
Fix Required

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From: Joseph Ratliff


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records, including the grant agreement and the Letter of Intent, of the grant to PLDT, Inc. (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) of $1 million, announced on November 4th, 2019.

https://ustda.gov/news/press-releases/2019/ustda-hosts-2019-indo-pacific-business-forum
https://backendnews.net/2019/11/06/us-trade-agency-awards-1m-grant-to-pldt-for-5g-fiber-roll-out/

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joseph Ratliff

From: United States Trade and Development Agency

Mr. Ratliff,

Please see the attached letter related to your FOIA request in the email below.
Best regards,

M. Greg Braswell
Assistant General Counsel
U.S. Trade and Development Agency<http://www.ustda.gov/>
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 875-4357

From: United States Trade and Development Agency

Mr. Ratliff,

Regarding your FOIA request #2020-004, we have located the Grant Agreement and the Letter of Intent related to the grant extended to PLDT, Inc. However, we have also located over 400 other documents that are arguably responsive to your request, as they are "records . . . of the of the grant to PLDT, Inc." - this has been a significant part of the delay in responding. From what we can tell so far, the documents that we have gathered contain (i) many duplicates, and (ii) draft documents that would be subject to a statutory exemption and ultimately would not be released in any event. If you might be able to narrow your search and describe the documents that you are seeking more specifically, that would be very helpful and would facilitate our review. Please let us know when you have a moment. Thank you and I hope your weekend goes well.
Best regards,

M. Greg Braswell
Assistant General Counsel
U.S. Trade and Development Agency<http://www.ustda.gov/>
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 875-4357

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