Sun. May 9th, 2021
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The Department of Finance (DOF) has been conducting rigorous lifestyle checks on its officials and employees and advocating a continuing review of processes and procedures in all its offices to further reduce opportunities for corruption.

This is in step with President Rodrigo Duterte’s heightened anti-graft campaign, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said over the weekend.

Within the DOF, its Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) has initiated investigations against 403 officials and employees of the department and its attached agencies since President Duterte took office in 2016, Dominguez said.

“Public officials and employees should be held to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. Rest assured, the Department of Finance will always be at the forefront of the institution of necessary reforms to achieve the President’s goals of honest and efficient governance,” Dominguez said.

Created in 2003, the RIPS is mandated to detect and investigate allegations and prevent corruption in the DOF and its attached agencies such as the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and of Customs (BOC).

The anti-corruption probes of the RIPS have led to the filing of  administrative and/or criminal cases against 60 errant public officers, of which 14 have already been dismissed from the service, Dominguez said.

To further strengthen its anti-graft campaign even amid the mobility restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic, Dominguez said the DOF has also launched a “Sumbong” page on its website devoted to receiving information from the public about suspected corrupt practices.

Informants may submit evidence through the “Sumbong” page  showing properties or lifestyles grossly disproportional to the pay levels of  employees of the DOF and its attached agencies.

He added the DOF is accelerating the adoption of digital technologies within the department and in its attached agencies to further enhance transparency and reduce the margin of discretion “that is ultimately the source of graft in the bureaucracy.”

The DOF’s Information against Corruption page can be accessed using the URL “https://www.dof.gov.ph/ report-corruption/“. SOVEREIGNPH

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