“The war back then was on ensuring that we will be free from the clutches from foreign countries; but right now, there is still a war going on—the war against poverty.”
This was underscored by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe.
“Thousands of lives were sacrificed so that we will have the kind of independence that we have right now. Now, majority of Filipinos are still below the poverty threshold and DILG has a role to play to this war that is still going on,” he said.
With this, the Regional Director introduced the Department’s new program against corruption and will ideally be towards the goal against poverty—the Bantay-Kaagapay.
As part of the government’s effort to fight graft and corruption in the country, Bantay-Kaagapay is a 3-pronged Department-wide anti-corruption strategy which will focus on educating and building awareness of LGUs and communities against corruption (Citizenship Building), as well as prevention or reduction of opportunities for corruption (Meaningful Involvement), and deterring corruption, which shall raise the consequences of such act while at the same time recognizing those who have done well in implementing anti-corruption measures in the LGU (Program Support).
Agabe said, “This another program is part of our campaign and war against poverty. The program aims to mitigate and reduce the occurrence of corruption in local government units.”
Bantay-Kaagapay identifies the following as typical types of corruption in the government: receiving and giving of bribes, none proper payment of taxes, allowing of ghost projects and ghost employees, having irregularities in public bidding and procurements, nepotism and favouritism among others.
The program also distinguishes several platforms to report corruption on state agencies. Concerned citizens may call the 24/7 hotline 8888, they can also visit their respective DILG field offices, or report it directly to DILG Regional or Central Office, Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission, and Commission on Audit.
“Join us as we embark in another program in our war for independence against poverty,” Agabe urged.