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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

WB, MRDP to curb corruption on project implementation

Manila (18 June) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the World Bank (WB) are poised to curb corruption in its infrastructure projects implemented across Mindanao

To intensify its bid against corruption, a team from WB through the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), the flagship poverty alleviation of the DA, gathered planning and municipal engineers for a week long training workshop on anti-corruption and integrity strengthening held recently in Davao City.

MRDP program director Roger C. Chio said that the department is taking the doable steps to fight corruption and assist the local government units (LGUs) in doing the same.

"Strengthening our LGUs will help us achieve eliminate corruption," he added.

The training-workshop aimed to empower LGUs under MRDP to boost management on government projects funded locally or by aid or loan from foreign assistance like MRDP.

"I am positive we can do something to fight corruption," said Ines Bagadion, WB consultant for MRDP's Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD).

She said in the recent past she learned of a survey that at least four out of ten Local Chief Executives rebuffed a bribe offering and three of them were from Mindanao.

The training also included procurement and contract administration and management which was aimed to held LGUs effectively handle contracts.

This is part of the mechanisms to root out corruption in the system and make the project more sustainable.

Among the participants were the officials from the town of Dimalataling and Buug in Region 9; the LGUs of Damulog, Malabalay City, San Fernando and Opol in Region 10 and Tagum City, Cateel, Padada, Mawab and Asuncion in Region 11. (SB Manual-MRDP/PIA XI) [top]

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