PGMA directs Cabinet members, other officials of executive branch to lead anti-corruption drive
Manila (17 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed Cabinet members and other officials of the executive branch to take the lead in the government's anti-corruption campaign and immediately set up their respective agency-specific Moral Renewal Programs (MRP) to ensure "zero tolerance for corruption."
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde told a Radyo ng Bayan program Sunday that the President's order is contained in Administrative Order (AO) 255, which contains explicit instructions to officials of the executive branch to "lead by example."
In AO 255, which she issued early this year, the President directed all Cabinet secretaries and heads of agencies to "adopt and implement a Moral Renewal Program in their agencies" with the Integrity Development Action Plan (IDAP) as the national anti-corruption framework.
The presidential order calls for "the strict observance by all public officers of the principle of moral leadership by example, especially by Cabinet Secretaries."
The AO states that moral renewal "refers to values formation and ethical behavior for government officers and employees, as well as the strengthening of people's values to achieve zero tolerance for corruption."
Under the AO, all bureaus, regional offices and attached agencies of executive departments nationwide are directed to "adopt and implement the Integrity Development Action Plan (IDAP) which is the National Anti-Corruption Framework for the Executive Branch."
The Moral Renewal Program also calls for the "expansion and strengthening of the membership of the Integrity Committee in every department, agency, bureau and office"; plus the "formulation, promulgation and adoption of an agency-specific Code of Conduct, or the updating of existing Codes of Conduct to reflect the IDAP."
The President has instructed all agencies to join the values formation activities of the Presidential Council on Values Formation, and to "enlist the participation of religious, civil society and civic groups through consultations, program development, promotion and implementation of their Moral Renewal Program."
Aside from zero-tolerance for corruption, the AO also directs the promotion of the Filipino values embodied in the Preamble of the 1987 Constitution, in particular the values of being "maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-bayan and maka-kalikasan."
Maka-Diyos "encompasses faith in the Almighty"; maka-tao "includes truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace"; maka-bayan "includes respect for law, the government of the Republic of the Philippines and its instrumentalities, patriotism, promotion of the common good and building a just and humane society"; while maka-kalikasan "involves the conservation and development of our patrimony."
Agencies are directed to submit their respective Action Plans for their Moral Renewal Program to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), copy-furnished the President, within 90 days from the AO's effectivity "after it has been published in at least two newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines."
Under AO 255, the PAGC was tasked to monitor and evaluate the implementation and the effectiveness of the MRP of the agencies. These include "surveys of, and feedback from, agency officers and employees of all levels on the manner by which their respective heads have been complying with this AO and adopting the principles embodied herein."
The PAGC shall then submit regular reports to the President on the progress and status of the implementation of the MRP, copy furnished all religious, civil society and civic groups enlisted for the MRP. (PIA-MMIO) [top]