35 EDF-funded Cordillera projects monitored for anti-graft compliance
By Peter A. Balocnit
TABUK, Kalinga (2 October) -- To insure implementation is carried according to specifications in the programs of work (POW), 35 projects funded out of the 20% development fund of the province are being monitored.
Projects for monitoring covers only those costing P100,000.00 and above. The foremost intention of the project monitoring is to minimize graft and corruption on government funded projects at the local level.
The Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC), an inter-agency inspection team, in its initial report to the Provincial Development Council and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recommended that project engineers have to be deployed in the project site to regularly check if POW is followed, or they shall be held responsible for any defects of the project.
The team has still to complete its rounds in the municipalities. The imminent weather keeps the team at bay since some projects targeted are located on inaccessible barangays.
The government has anti-corruption programs in place in every department and agency, intensified lifestyle checks, less signatures to get papers moving and cut red tape, and a strong team up among the Ombudsman, the Commission on Audit, and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.
The private sector and civil society are in the loop and the government is working to chip away at the culture of corruption with procedural measures, prosecution of offenders, and moral rearmament programs.
The administration acknowledges the fact that international institutions such as the World Bank and the UNDP are focusing on the specter of corruption as a threat to anti-poverty programs. The administration appreciates the assistance of the international community in the efforts of the government in fighting corruption.
The government assures its international partners of its unswerving determination in eradicating corruption and red tape. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]