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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

PCGG assures continuing fight against graft and corruption

by Lito Dar

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has facilitated the recovery of over P93 billion of ill-gotten wealth and 291 cases pending in court which involves about P232 billion since its establishment in 1986 up to June 30,2011.

This was reported by PCGG Commissioner Maita Chan-Gonzaga, in a Public Forum on Good Governance here Wednesday, in partnership with the St. Louis University (SLU) Department of Political Science - School of Humanities.

In presenting the PCGG accomplishments, Gonzaga also reported that the commission also worked for the recovery and transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 1,650 hectares of agricultural land which were distributed to farmer beneficiaries in Cavite and Laguna, while another 1,407 hectares had been transferred to the provincial government of Biliran Province.

In addition, PCGG also worked for the recovery/surrender of 17 other assets with a total estimated value of over P15 Billion, which the government is now pushing for privatization or to open for public bidding.

Among the other accomplishments reported by Gonzaga are PCGG's continuing fight to recover the Coco Levy Fund, which as of August 31, 2011, already boasts of about P90 billion in assets, and the setting up of a P10 billion fund for human rights victims during the Marcos regime. She mentioned that the commission has been supporting the enactment of the long-pending Human Rights Compensation bill in Congress.

Aside from its continuing quest and court battles in recovering ill-gotten wealth, Gonzaga also assured PCGG’s full support to the Good Governance Framework of the President Benigno Aquino III or the President’s Social Contract to the Filipino people.

Gonzaga stressed that under the leadership of PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista, the commission has already started its anti-corruption drive inside the PCGG itself and has also put up reforms including austerity and cost cutting measures.

The public forum was in line with the Commission’s commemoration of its 25th anniversary, which it celebrated in 2011 with the theme, ‘Closing Chapters, Finding a Way Forward”. The PCGG also open-up a commemorative exhibit inside the SLU campus during said event. The said activities aim to offer the general public a road map of the Commission’s, functions, history and legacy.

In the said public forum, Gonzaga was joined by Commissioner Nelson Acebo, who talked about good governance and on what the public can do in line with the country’s fight against corruption. (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

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