Davao City -- Involvement of all the people in the community is most crucial to combat anti-corruption.

With the Philippine’s corruption perception index falling – both at the local and international level and the increase in the number of Local Government Units (LGUs) perceived to be involved in corruption, DILG now takes the lead in advocacy and action against corruption in LGUs.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch an activity dubbed as “Ugnayan at Talakayan: BANTAY-KAAGAPAY sa Patuloy na Pag-Unlad Program” in a summit participated by DILG Regional Directors, Assistant Regional Directors, Provincial/City Directors, Cluster Heads and City/Municipality Local Government Operations Officers of Regions IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga and ARMM on May 24-25, 2018 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

The Bantay-Kaagapay Program is an inclusive and comprehensive program aimed to prevent and deter graft and corruption in the LGUs. It is a 3-pronged Department-wide and anti-corruption strategy that attempts to mobilize citizens and communities as a force to keep watch over LGUs and as partner to corruption-proof government.

“To eliminate corruption practices we must engage the communities and other stakeholders to the effort of reducing corruption opportunities. This partnership should result in a more comprehensive anti-corruption mechanisms at the local level and a vibrant participation by many sectors. We should remember that addressing corruption is not the sole responsibility of any sector, but rather a joint commitment by all to eradicate this development menace,” stressed DILG Regional Director Alex C. Roldan, CESO V.

This program is one among DILG projects in support to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption campaign. (msm)