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Feature: The fight vs corruption is on

Davao City (2 February) -- Government's campaign against graft and corruption is going in as the Administration is serious about cleansing the ranks from corrupt practices.

Every government agencies has its own anti-corruption program as the Office of the Ombudsman has intensified its lifestyle checks on state workers and cut red tapes in every government transactions, said Presidential Spokesman & Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.

The Administration is also institutionalizing a strong-anti-graft team which consists of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Commission on Audit and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.

Secretary Bunye also cited the involvement of the private sector and the community in checking corrupt practices.

The private sector and civil society are in the loop and the government is working to chip away the culture of corruption with procedural measures, prosecution of offenders and moral rearmament program, Bunye said.

The Administration under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is fully aware that the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP0 are keeping an eye on corruption as a threat to anti-poverty programs of government.

However, government assures its international partners of its unswerving determination in eradicating corruption and red tapes, he said.

Presidential anti-corruption Tony Kwok commented that the national government is gaining headway in checking corruption though it remained a problem but "it's not really getting serious."

Kwok cited a Social Weather Station survey which said that 57 percent of companies paid bribes in 2003, compared to 46 percent in 2006.

The administration recently cited ten government agencies for their efforts and achievements in waging anti-graft campaign as embodied in the Integrity Development Plan.

Lists of best-performing government agencies in the anti-graft anc corruption drive was the Department of Health followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Trade and Industry;

Office of the President led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine National Pollice and Metro Manila Development Authority.

The Presidential Anti-Graft Commission is the lead agency in monitoring compliance by government agencies with the Integrity Development Action Plan which contains 22 anti-corruption measures crafted by senior government officials on the eradication of red tapes in state agencies. (PIA) [top]

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