MAY 2012MAY 2012
The Quezon CiTyThe Quezon CiTy
hile the Aquino Administration has made “Matuwid na Daan” the centerpiece of his governance agenda, a lot has yet to be done. From what we have seen this month on the ghost employee issue, it is clear that stakeholders are not prepared to face a vital issue of governance.
hy is the Philippines poor?This is a perennial quesionquestion that every politician should be thinking about. Our country is endowed with more than 7,000 islands with rich natural resources. During the 1950’s –1960’s the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) was among the highest in South East Asia. It was even higher than that of China and Thailand. So logically it is hard to see why the Philippines had been left behind by its neighbors in terms of economic progress. A study conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2007, however states that in the last 50 years, the Philippines’ economic growth has slowed down compared to its neighbors.
Ways to slay tHe gHosts tHatHaunt uslet’s confront corruption
laman’s tems which shuld be fllwed ban aggessive and ceaseless cmmunicatinsf gains in anti-cuptin effts in the ti-media and at the baanga levels. It shuldals pen htlines f epting cases fcuptin and it shuld publish names fpeple with cases f gaft and the eslutins
of the cses led inst ccsed persons.
The business sect must be activelencuaged t paticipate in anti-cuptinactivities like inviting them t sit in biddingand business awading f the sect’sinitiatives that cntibute t anti-gafteffts.Media must als be espnsible in eptingcuptin cases and als include epting fanti-cuptin initiatives. Shuld cuptin
be focs of medi ott, it shold lso
include cupt businessmen and cuptpivate individuals.
Finll, civil societ incldin privte
individuals must assist in inf-disseminatinn was t pevent cuptin. It als helpst be citical f gvenment lapses but apactive efft and suggestins t helpcub cuptin shuld als be extended.Paticipatin in bidding and awads pcessesculd als impve the state f cuptin inthe bueaucac.Thee ae things that we need t fget inde t mve n. But mving n des nt
men reminin ot withot considertion
f the lessns in the past. Nw is the time tpve that u Cit is matue enugh t cullthe lessns as we ente a new gvenance eawhen the electates cast thei vtes in 2013lest we want t maintain the “ghsts” in the
pst. Now, tht’s the rel horror stor tht
nl we can chse t bliteate nutue.
commodities incldin helth cre,
educatin and even safet. Cuptinhindes the Philippines fm having accesst fee medicines and supplies. Accding
to std b Trnsprenc Interntionl,for ever 10 percent increse in corrption,
immunizatin ate dps t 20 pecent. Itdepives the childen fm having qualiteducatin that can give the cunt hpe fa bette futue.An investigatin cnducted b the PhilippineCente f Investigative Junalism (PCIJ) in2009 fund that cuptin in all levels in theeducatinal sstem is widespead; stating
from the centrl ofce of the Deprtment
f Educatin t the public schls in emteislands. It can als cmpmise the safet fthe public due t lw qualit infastuctueand sevices.We shuld be vigilant abut cuptinnt nl n the amunt f pess lst fscial sevices and its lst cntibutin t
sstinble development, bt lso on the
intangible impacts f cuptin. Lst tust
nd condence in or politicl insitittions
and demcac has a lng-tem impact ingvenance. Hw man gvenments havebeen usted in the specte f cuptin?
Citizens et dismed in pin txes, votin,
and fllwing ules f peace and de.Lw-male amng the bueaucac itselfhas a high pice tag f lcal gvenmentcnfnting man cncens n a dail basis.
Hence, the tct we hve to mke riht now
is the diectin fllwing the ule f law. Letthe watchdgs d thei le. Let the accusedespnd and pve thei inncence. Let thebueaucac pen its infmatin and ladwn a cmpehensive plan f cuptin.We need a cuptin-pf cit nt afatenit f pliticians.That Ma Hebet Bautista and Vice Ma
Jo Belmonte stood b their concilor, despitehvin different politicl flitions, cn be
seen as a magnanimit fm the leadeshipf the lcal gvenment. The slgan -- nevet leave u sldies behind - might be thepinciple that cntinues t bind this lcal
overnment bt m, in the lon term lso
be the same easn f its disintegatin.The accused camp sas the easns ma be
politicll-motivted, sin the re stron
cntendes f the next electal bid. While
this miht be tre, the locl overnment nd
the stakehldes as well shuld als ensuethat the investigatin be pusued. Statementsthat give sides cleaing accuntabilities f
overnment ofces before cse hs been
clsed culd pe-empt the cnduct f an
independent fct-ndin corrption effort,
especiall when the suces f infmatinae gvenment data.It’s a shame If the news that Jimm Lee
Dvis hs indeed withdrew the complinttht he led to the Field InvestitionOfce of the Ombdsmn inst ConcilorsRoderick Plte nd Frncisco Cll Jr,.
The amunt P3.3 millin that allegedl wentt ghst emplees wuld neve be cleaedand we culd neve test the matuit f uplitical institutins and leades t pen itsds t investigatin and save public tust.
Shold the cse be closed nd be forotten,stkeholders incldin the locl overnment,medi, nd civil societ mst embrk on n
anti-cuptin campaign t shw its sinceitin espnding t issues f cuptin.
The locl overnment mst hve cler,
cmpehensive and inte-linked lcalgvenment plan f cmbating cuptinand disseminate t the public in simpleAccding t the 2011 Cuptin PeceptinIndex (CPI) eleased b Tanspaenc
Interntionl-Philippines, or contr
has had slight impvements in battlingcuptin. The suve spanned fm 2009 t
2011, period ttribtble to the President
Benign Aquin III.The CPI sce indicates the peceived level f
pblic sector corrption on scle of 0 -10,
whee 0 means that a cunt is peceived ashighl cupt and 10 means that a cunt ispeceived as ve clean.But what des a slight impvement meant us?A pgess in anking is gd f thecunt but it did nt help in making thelives f Filipins bette. T illustate these
rnkins, when the Philippines’ corrptionindex improved, it ws s ood (or s bd)s the corrption in Bnldesh, the BlticStte of Belrs, nd Pkistn.
Cuptin is detimental t eve citizen’ssuvival. Hweve it is als Filipin cultuethat tleates and pemits cuptin tpevail. It is imptant that the Filipinpeple will knw the vitalit f putting anend t the ‘cance’ which is cippling thesciet and gnawing at the peple’s basicneeds f suvival. This then will deteminethe cuse f actin that needs t be takentwads alleviating the cunt’s ecnmand thus impve the peple’s lives.
Politicl Corrption is commonl deneds “the bse of pblic ofce for personl
enichment” . The mst cmmn fmsf cuptin that ae pevalent in the
Philippines re l sstem, extortion,collectin “ton”, ried biddin, overpricin,nepotism, cronism, nd host emploees.
Cuptin hampes the develpment fa cunt. It stips the peple f basic