The public needs to be informed about government procurement for transparency in the bidding process of government projects and programs, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Thursday.
This could be achieved through the government agencies’ strict compliance with transparency, accountability, and good governance policies and measures in the procurement process, the lawmaker stressed.
Procurement information, names of bidders and their addresses, bidding results, and other relevant information, on top of the usual postings on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and agency websites, should be made available to the public, he said.
“The people need to know where their money is going,” Go stated. “This is part of the zero-tolerance policy of President Duterte against corruption.”
“Each peso wasted on corruption is a peso that should have been spent on projects,” the neophyte lawmaker stressed.
Go also urged the public to help the Duterte Administration stamp out corruption in the government.
He recalled that while serving as Special Assistant to the President, he had partnered with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission to establish the Truth and Justice Coalition. It was created to provide an avenue for the private sector to join in the campaign against graft and corruption.
“This is not a sole fight of the government. We are in this together with the public,” he said.
Go mentioned that a whole-of-nation approach against corruption will help authorities in conducting fact-finding inquiries, lifestyle checks, and other investigative processes.