PACC, Go, govt agencies sign manifesto vs corruption
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and other government agencies signed a manifesto to further boost President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against corruption.
Go and PACC Commissioner Greco Antonious Belgica led the signing of the manifesto during the launch of the latest anti-corruption program in Malacañang on Wednesday.
During the event, Belgica introduced the Katarunggan (Justice) Desk, a “responsive and safe reporting platform” that would be established in national and local government offices and other public places, for the reporting of all kinds of complaints about corruption in government.
“We are receiving an increasing number of complaints. That’s very encouraging. I am very humbled by the people’s trust in our work. It also shows that they are becoming more aware of the problem of corruption and are willing to help. That’s a big step forward,” he said.
“Injustice such as corruption reinforce each other, creating a vicious cycle that corrodes the fabric of society. It undermines people’s trust in political and economic systems, institutions and leaders. Corruption is Injustice,” he added.
Belgica said the PACC would partner with government institutions and local government units in the establishment of the anti-corruption desks.He said the commission would also work with the Philippine National Police for the deployment of Katarungan Desk officers.
“The Katarungan Desk will have dulugan (feedback) forms. ‘Yun ang form na puwedeng ihulog sa dropbox na ilalagay sa government offices, barangay (village) at city halls (That will be the form that will be placed in drop boxes in government offices, villages, and city halls),” Belgica said.
A weekly report on the status of corruption complaints will be submitted to the Office of the President and Congress, he added.
“Of course now with the PACC, it goes through due process and investigation. But to further our resolve in combating corruption and getting information, the fight against corruption is heavily dependent on information,” Belgica said.
“So we move further after the President’s order, he told me to go around and led the anti-corruption campaign be felt by the local government.”
In the same event, Go expressed support for the setting up of Katarungan Desks in various government offices and public places, saying officials involved in corruption must be held accountable.
He said the anti-corruption desk served as a one-stop shop for the public to file complaints of corruption.
The initiative, which was recently launched in railway terminals, deserved “wider support and implementation,” the senator said.
“From the very beginning, the President has said it loud and clear that he will wage a relentless war against three major ills of our society — illegal drugs, criminality and corruption. So far, great strides have been made. Filipinos now feel so much safer on our streets and services in government offices have become so much faster and better but we must not be complacent. We must be more vigilant, dedicated, and proactive than ever,” Go added.
Apart from Go and Belgica, other representatives from various government agencies and local government units also signed a manifesto of support for the intensified anti-corruption drive.
The manifesto included a commitment to “free ourselves from corruption activities,” combat corruption in their own districts and offices, cooperate with government, and set up Katarungan Desks in their areas of jurisdiction.
Among those present were officials from the Departments of the Interior and Local Government, Labor and Employment, Education, Justice, Trade and Industry, and Health, and the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Customs, Social Security System, National Housing Authority, Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Anti-Red Tape Authority, and local executives from the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong and Valenzuela.