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DoTr backs anti-corruption drive

Maria Romero

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The Department of Transportation (DoTr) over the weekend vowed to support the government’s drive to stamp out graft and corruption across various government agencies.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department is “in full support of the order to probe graft and corruption in government.”

Tugade, thus, ordered all the heads of agencies and other DoTr officials to submit their individual Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to the Department of Justice (DoJ)-led task force.

The order includes officials’ chief-of-staff, secretaries, executive assistants, those involved in project management and procurement.

Tugade has also assigned a group and a point person who will gather and review the SALN of all DoTr officials, past and present, including his.

The transport chief likewise directed the comparison of submission for three periods of the SALN or for three years to find out if there is substantial difference between the periods.

In line with the DoTr’s compliance, the “No Gift Policy” had also been strictly enforced.

To recall, the President ordered the DoJ in October to lead a “mega” task force that will conduct an investigation into graft across all government agencies.

Tugade, thus, ordered all the heads of agencies and other DoTr officials to submit their individual Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth to the DoJ-led task force.

 

According to the President, the authority to investigate by the DoJ-led task force will be in effect until the end of his term on 30 June 2022.

Tugade said he is glad that the DoTr is not included in the five agencies that the President had identified as among the most problematic agencies in the country.

Since 2016, the transport chief has been implementing strict anti-corruption policies and measures. He has directed the Central Office and all agencies under it to live stream the bidding process for transparency.

Also, meetings with contractors have been forbidden during the conduct of the bidding process to prevent bribery and undue influence. He has further ordered the publication of bidding processes conducted.

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