In line with the intensified campaign against corruption, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 initiated the “Retooling on the Conduct of Fact-Finding Inquiry for Field Officers in relation to Bantay-Kaagapay” program.

 

Held on July 31, 2018 at Hotel Koresco, Cagayan de Oro City, the Retooling tackled on the Protocols and Guidelines in Handling Complaints, discussed by DILG Public Affairs and Communication Service Director Marlo S. Guanzon; while techniques in the conduct of fact-finding inquiry was presented by Atty. Romeo P. Benitez of Legal and Legislative Liason Service.

“The very reason why the Regional Office came up with the necessary interventions in conducting enhancement activities, such as this retooling activity, is because we would like you to be able to perform effectively and efficiently,” DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said.

 

Further, the Regional Director reiterated the intensified campaign of the Department against corruption through Bantay-Kaagapay.

Bantay-Kaagapay is inspired by the framework against corruption in the Philippine Development Plan. It is a three-pronged Department-wide anti-corruption strategy which will focus on (1) Citizenship Building, (2) Meaningful Involvement, and Program Support.

 

“We are not just talking about financial accountability but also performance accountability and that is the very reason why every year we have to upgrade the Seal of Good Local Governance,” he said. “Hopefully, you have already oriented your LCEs [local chief executives] that we will be looking into how they will be utilizing funds of the government.”

 

Typical types of corruption in the government include receiving and giving of bribes, none proper payment of taxes, allowing ghost projects and ghost employees, having irregularities in public bidding and procurements, nepotism and favoritism among others.