DepEd Ifugao joins anti-corruption seminar
by Jina Shirley G. Dacmay
Lagawe, Ifugao (2 October) -- To minimize, if not to eradicate graft and corruption rooted in the system of the Department of Education (DepEd) nationwide, personnel from the Department of Education Ifugao Division joined a recent Seminar-Workshop on Public Accountability and Graft Prevention for Non- Teaching Personnel in Baguio City.
William Dango, DepEd Administrative Officer here, disclosed that the seminar workshop was participated in by Administrative Officers, Supply Officers and the Accountants whose concern were on financial matters of the Department.
In a recent survey by the Social Weather Station, Dep-Ed was one of the corrupt government agencies. It was perceived as the most corrupt in 2000, and one of the ten most corrupt agencies from 1999 to 2004.
In a hand out obtained from Dep Ed, corruption is defined as the misuse or abuse of public office or private gain both in government and private sector. It comes in several illicit forms like bribery, extortion, fraud, nepotism, graft, speed money, pilferage, theft, embezzlement, falsification of records, kickbacks, influence peddling and campaign contributions.
Irene Nayao, DepEd Ifugao Accountant of Dep Ed Ifugao said that she now understands why Dep Ed was one of the most corrupt agencies. "It is not only in the malversation of public funds or property but in the commitment of petty corruption", she said.
Both Dango and Nayao do not belie the fact that corruption is being committed whether knowingly or unknowingly by employees performing personal matters or spending government time unproductively at the division level and in other agencies as observed in the province.
Asked whether the Ifugao culture of attending the third day rites for the wake of a dead is considered a corrupt practice, Dango denied saying that in as much as it is considered a social responsibility, and which is not an everyday occasion, personnel are permitted following a skeletal force so as not to disrupt office services.
Schools Division Superintendent Estela Carino said also considered an illicit act is teacher joining in bids for the management of a school canteen at the same time the seller. She clarified that teacher's cooperatives are permitted for as long as it is not the teachers who do the selling using government paid time. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]