[PHOTO AT LEFT - Hong Kong’s chief graftbuster Tony Man-Wai Kwok, honorary adviser to President Arroyo on anti-corruption matters, joins Presidential Anti-Graft Commission chief Secretary Constancia de Guzman in presenting an award to the DSWD as the top agency among the PAGC’s 10 Anti-Corruption Champions for the third quarter of 2008.]

MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2008 (STAR) The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) topped anew the list of “10 Anti-Corruption Champions” of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC).

Hong Kong’s chief graftbuster Tony Man-Wai Kwok, honorary adviser to President Arroyo on anti-corruption measures, joined PAGC officials in presenting the awards at Malacañang recently.

Kwok was the architect of Hong Kong’s successful anti-corruption framework, which PAGC has adopted.

During the awarding rites, Secretary Constancia de Guzman, who chairs the PAGC, announced that three agencies most perceived as corrupt – the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH), and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) – emerged among the Top 10 Anti-Corruption Champions for the third quarter of 2008.

De Guzman said LTO rose to third from last year’s fourth place, DPWH dropped to fourth from second, and BI climbed to fifth from seventh.

However, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which placed tenth in 2007, dropped out of the third-quarter list. Its place was taken by the Department of Finance, which was ninth last year.

The others in PAGC’s third-quarter list were the Department of Health, second; Land Bank of the Philippines, sixth; National Housing Authority, seventh; Department of Science and Technology, eighth; and Metro Manila Development Authority, ninth.

De Guzman said the awards were based not on perception surveys, but on actual and documented compliance with the anti-corruption measures embodied in the Integrity Development Action Plan (IDAP) and set forth in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan 2004-2010.

Serving as the national anti-corruption framework of the executive branch, the IDAP consists of 22 specific anti-corruption measures under four strategic areas of implementation – prevention (system reforms to minimize opportunities for graft); deterrence or investigation and enforcement (making the crime a high-risk, low-reward activity); education (values formation and advocacy to promote integrity in public service and raise the morale of the participating public amid the discouraging results of perception surveys); and strategic partnership (eliciting active multisectoral support).

“The awardees were rated based on a set of IDAP indicators, with a five-point rating scale, enumerating the different levels of achievement that an agency should meet for its anti-corruption measure to be fully operationalized and implemented,” De Guzman said.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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