BY: JUDY MAE MAGDATO
To support and ensure the effective implementation of the advocacy on the prevention of corruption at the barangay level, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-6 conducted a Regional Roll-out Orientation on Barangay Advocacy on the Prevention of Corruption.
The orientation was held for members of selected Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Western Visayas last Dec 6-7, 2018 at The Mansion Hotel, Iloilo City.
“The CSOs are recognized by the department as third-party monitors and partners of the local government units in promoting good governance particularly in active community participation, transparency, responsiveness and accountability,” said Runiel Reel Matorres, Regional Focal Person for the Barangay Advocacy on the Prevention of Corruption.
The advocacy is in line with the thrusts of the current administration to actively combat corruption through information and education campaigns and community organizations and mobilization.
Through the activity, the CSOs were provided deeper understanding on good governance and its relation in preventing corruption.
The participants were also oriented on their roles in the fight against anti-corruption, legal measures and institutional mechanisms, and the different entry points where they can participate in the prevention of corruption.
DILG-6 personnel led the discussions.
Speakers from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Office of the Ombudsman shed light on preventing corruption through efficient government service delivery and the role of the Office of the Ombudsman in the fight against corruption.
The participants are expected to know their duties and responsibilities specifically in monitoring various activities in the barangay such as the conduct of Barangay Assembly Day, compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy, setting-up of Citizen’s Charter and reporting of activities that perpetuate corruption practices.
DILG-6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua emphasized the critical role in rallying barangays to be reliable and proactive partners in advancing the government’s priority thrusts in anti-corruption.