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PIA Press Release
2006/09/29

Analysis: Gov't anti-corruption campaign reaping success

Negros Occidental (29 September) -- Reports from World Bank and UNDP recently focuses on the specter of corruption as a threat to anti-poverty programs, the government acknowledges the reports while its anti-corruption campaigns are in place.

The Office of the Ombudsman, the Commission on Audit and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) are putting in place in every department and agency in the government their campaigns such as intensified lifestyle checks, less signatures to get papers moving, cut red tape, and a strong team up among the three tasked agencies.

As a result of these campaigns, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approves the recommendation of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission chaired by Constancia de Guzman the dismissal from service of the National Defense Assistant Secretary Ricardo San Andres in violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt practices. Another case is filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against a customs officer of the Bureau of Customs for alleged unexplained amount of assets.

Vowing no letup in the fight against graft and corruption, President Arroyo cited the top 10 agencies whose efforts and achievements in the anti-graft campaign have set the bar for other agencies to emulate.

Topping the list of best-performing government agencies in the anti-graft and corruption drive was the Department of Health (DOH), followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology, Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Trade and Industry.

The PAGC is the lead agency monitoring compliance by the government agencies.

The government 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/EAD) [top]

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