PCL in Max Support to DILG’s Bantay Korapsyon #tayolabansakorapsyon
Metro Manila. On 3 October 2018 at Crowne Plaza Manila, Department of the Interior and Local Government launched Bantay Korapsyon, a program which seeks to eliminate graft and corruption towards a clean and good governance among all levels in the government.
“Philippine Councilors League, under this leadership already instituted REFORM AGENDA as a quick response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte in combatting corruption,” according to Councilor Luis C. Singson, National President of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL).
The former governor of Ilocos Sur said DILG’s Bantay Korapsyon Program will lead to a very clear direction towards clean local governance. “On behalf of the 17000 Councilors around the country, we take this challenge and we are in full support of President Duterte’s anti-corruption drive,” Singson emphasized.
Since the leadership of PCL National President Luis Singson, the League has continuously achieved sound cash flow, due to efficient financial management and prioritization. Apart from the present program on continuing education, federalism advocacy, anti-corruption/ anti-illegal drugs drive, he is targeting to provide better accommodation facilities for the PCL members.
During the launching of Bantay Korapsyon, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte welcomed the delegates and said the essence is transparency and accountability. The challenge lies to all LGUs if they can help in ending corruption by being more accountable, transparent as well as uphold the trust and confidence of the people. VM Belmonte asked the public to monitor the projects, report the anomalies, utilize social media and technology to achieve common objectives.
On his opening message, Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said that Bantay Korapsyon is DILG’s reaction to bring down corruption in the government. He called on everyone to look at the budgets of LGUs and discover any anomalous activities. Usec Densing invited organizations to become partners as the government cannot see everything. He announced that in promoting transparency, DILG will sign MOU with PCOO to enjoin the LGUs in passing the FOI ordinance set as criteria for Seal of Good Local Governance.
Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño appealed for solidarity. Stern in the fight against corruption, they will conduct an audit on all Barangays to discover any overpricing, ghost delivery or ghost projects. He said they are hiring accountants, lawyers to ensure that the “corrupt” will be penalized. DILG will not only monitor but will prosecute and will not hesitate to file cases even against their own employees. Usec Diño said to heed the call from PRRD to stop corruption at all levels and take immediate action.
An oath by the participants was lead by DILG OIC Secretary General Eduardo Año. On his speech, he explained that Bantay Korapsyon official launching is DILG’s share however the challenge is not an easy task. He stressed that the advocacy must be spearheaded by local government agencies. To strengthen the call, this will be part of DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance responding to the dynamics through incentives in recognizing the LGUs while giving sanctions to non compliant. DILG will soon release a joint Memorandum Circular with PCOO to enact FOI Ordinance highlighting the right of people to information making it accessible to people.
General Año said BANTAY KORAPSYON is a platform for people to call attention against abusive local government officials. As a way of complementing Hotline 888 and the Presidential Complaint Center. He appealed to Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, Department of National Defense and Philippine National Police for a shared responsibility likewise on all Regional and Field Offices to eradicate all forms of corruption.