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DSWD remains number 1 in fight against corruption

Davao City (13 October) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development was ranked first by the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) among 109 national government agencies in terms of compliance to the requirements of the Integrity Development Action Plan (IDAP), the government's anti-corruption strategy framework in the first semester of 2009.

DSWD garnered a rating of 4.23, out of a maximum of 5, "the highest rating so far, ever achieved by a government agency in the implementation of the IDAP doables," Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral proudly disclosed. The second ranking department, the Department of Health got a rating of 4.04.

The DSWD garnered the rank through excellent performance in the areas of education, prevention, deterrence and strategic partnership against corruption, Secretary Cabral explained.

Further, "the DSWD remains committed to its adherence to the tenets of good governance by ensuring that all measures against corruption are being implemented," Secretary Cabral enthused.

The DSWD chief added that the recognition demonstrates the commitment of DSWD officials and employees to the practice of a corrupt-free bureaucracy.

On August 20, 2009, DSWD Assistant Secretary and chairperson of DSWD's Integrity Development Committee (IDC) Florita R. Villar, on behalf of DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, received the certificate of recognition from PAGC Secretary Dr. Constancia P. De Guzman, during the awarding ceremony held at the Heroes Hall, Malacanang Palace.

Secretary Cabral stated that since 2007, the DSWD has been consistently ranked first by PAGC in compliance to the Integrity Development Action Plan.

Significant accomplishments of the DSWD against corruption include the implementation of the guidelines on Internal Whistleblowing and Internal Reporting; the implementation of the Office Guidelines for Holding Certain Officials of the Department Accountable for the Corrupt Activities of Specific Subordinates; and the inclusion of integrity check in recruitment and promotion of government personnel.

Likewise, DSWD integrates the IDAP in the performance contracts of its officials and staff, as well as includes Income Tax Returns in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities of professionals practicing their profession outside DSWD.

Moreover, DSWD has institutionalized the Character Building Program (CBP) in its Central and Field Offices, as well as centers and institutions.

The IDAP consists of 22 anti-corruption measures which serves as government institutions' guide in crafting and implementing their respective anti-corruption plan.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tasked the PAGC to exercise oversight functions over all agencies under the Executive branch on IDAP implementation and sustainability of selected anti-corruption measures.

The PAGC holds an annual recognition of government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and government financing institutions which excell in the implementation of IDAP. (DSWD XI/SMS) [top]

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