Sun. May 16th, 2021
(Photo courtesy: https://www.dof.gov.ph/report-corruption/)

The Department of Finance (DOF) has launched a web portal where citizens can report or submit information on alleged graft of its personnel and attached agencies like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC)

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said the launch of the DOF’s “Information against Corruption Page” supports the latest directive of President Rodrigo Duterte on flushing out grafters from the bureaucracy.

“The page is accessible under the Advocacies/Anti-Corruption menu of the DoF website, and it allows the public to submit any information that they may have against officers and personnel of the DOF and its attached agencies like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) who might own properties or live lifestyles grossly disproportionate to their lawful incomes,” the DOF said in a statement.

“This initiates the power of the Secretary of Finance under Executive Order (EO) No. 259 series of 2003 to investigate such information, submit the findings to the Office of the Ombudsman and ask for the criminal prosecution and dismissal from the service of errant officials and personnel,” it added.

Traditionally, any information on suspected corruption needs to be reported to the DOF face to face, but with the ongoing pandemic, the online tool allows the public to safely submit information directly to the DOF through their mobile devices.

Though not officially a part of the DOJ Mega Task Force created a few weeks ago to investigate graft, the DOF, through its Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) team, has always heeded the call of President Duterte to curb corruption. SOVEREIGNPH

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