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DILG, OMB intensify anti-corruption driveOctober 16, 2011

By CZARINA NICOLE O. ONG
Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) vowed yesterday to step up its campaign on corruption among local government units (LGUs).

The partnership was formed after DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Ombudsman Conchita C. Moralles signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that stipulated to harmonize programs and initiatives of both agencies relative to the prevention of corruption.

Robredo said that corruption is one of the challenges faced by local governments as it adversely affects the quality of public services, investment climate, and economic development. He explained that the effects of corruption among LGUs are quickly felt since they closely deal with people. Because of this, their partnership with the OMB is vital in coming up with preventive measures against corruption in LGUs.

"We have agreed to work together in promoting good governance in the LGUs by harmonizing our respective reform programs,” he said.

Robredo cited the Integrity Development Review (IDR) program of the OMB which will be matched with the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) and Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) programs of the DILG.

The IDR is a program that assesses sufficiency of corruption safeguards and corruption vulnerabilities within an agency’s systems including those of the LGUs, while the LGPMS is a self-assessment and development tool that helps LGUs determine their progress in various sectors.

On the other hand, the SGH is an award program recognizing performing LGUs based on pre-determined performance indicators, making them eligible for accessing the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

Robredo explained that the collaborative efforts of the two agencies will come into play by using selected indicators of the IDR as indicators for the SGH and LGPMS, and in the same manner, the LGPMS integrity report can be used by the IDR as a guide in determining LGUs' action to scale up corruption prevention or integrity related initiatives.

To effectively carry out the agreement, a Joint Management Committee (JMC) and a Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG), which will be composed of officials and personnel from the DILG and the OMB, shall be created.

The JMC and JTWG shall provide overall guidance in the implementation of the program and ensure coordination among local government units. Moreover, the agreement provides for the designation of Resident Ombudsman Coordinators (ROCs) in all local government units to be recommended by the local chief executive.

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