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Welcome to the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project
This project and website is built on the belief that corruption in public life will only ever be reduced when ordinary people are able to understand, monitor - and ultimately have a say on where and how public money is spent.
As the subtitle of this website says, it’s our money (pera natin 'to!). Every centavo lost to corruption is a centavo stolen from education, poverty reduction, social services and job creation. Ultimately, beating corruption will result in more inward investment, serious economic development and far fewer people leaving home in search of a better life overseas. READ MORE
Samar Anti-Corruption Groups File Charges vs. LGU for Not Complying with Disclosure Law and Billboards Rule
Commentary by Emy Bonifacio
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Non-compliance: Anti-corruption groups MATA-Samar and Corruption Prevention Unit-Samar called the DILG's attention on the alleged failure of Samar provincial officials to comply with DILG provisions on the use of government project billboards. Photo courtesy of MATA-Samar
In something of a test case, the recently-launched citizen’s action group Multisectoral Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA-Samar) and the Corruption Prevention Unit-Samar have filed joint charges against officials and employees of the province of Samar for non-compliance with laws and circulars governing the disclosure of financial transactions and banning of billboards with names and pictures of politicians on public projects and programs.
By the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project
Photos by Keith Bacongco, Leanne Jazul, Bobby Labalan, Ruby Thursday More, Sandino Nartea, Emy Bonifacio, and Angelica Carballo
Erring Billboards, Waiting Sheds, Ambulances and Other Public Structures: A Continuing Source of Shame for Politicians Whose Names and Faces Appear on Them
Six months after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued its Memorandum Circular 2010-101 banning the use of names, initials and photographs of government officials on public projects – and one year after the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) launched its website and the campaign against this practice, we asked photojournalists around the country to watch out for, take and send in photos to help name and shame those who have abused their elected position for private gain.
Many of the billboards, waiting sheds, vehicles and bridges seen here may predate the memorandum – yet PPTRP believes officials who still have their name or likeness on public property have a clear moral obligation to change them accordingly -- and at their own expense.
Barangay Halls vs. Paved Roads – Who Decides Priorities and How?
By Rick R. Flores
Thursday, 07 April 2011
Bad trip: The Department of Public Works and Highways lists this road project between the towns of Bagumbayan and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat as "partially finished" but commuters, motorists and local traders ride like hell when passing by here. RICK FLORES
SEN. NINOY AQUINO, Sultan Kudarat — It is in places such as these that the role good quality roads play in helping to improve people’s livelihoods is so easily understood.
Norman Lucero, 47, is the driver of a Mitsubishi commuter van which ploughs the 85-kilometer route between Isulan and Kulaman (recently renamed Senator Ninoy Aquino) in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao. It would be wrong to call this a road since it remains far from completed and is the reason Norman can only charge his passengers PhP 150 (USD 3) for the one way trip that can take up to four or even five hours.
Should Annual LGU Savings Go To Employees’ Perks or Basic Services?
By Malu Cadelina Manar
Friday, 01 April 2011
Services or savings? Farmers Lorena Laniton and Emmanuel Tondocan of Kidapawan City scrounge for the city's measly calamity funds to recover from the damage brought about by rat infestation to their crops. The support is a pittance compared to the "bonuses" and perks received by city officials and employees based on city budget savings. MALU MANAR
KIDAPAWAN CITY – Lorena Laniton, 45, and Emmanuel Tondocan, 30, rice farmers from Barangay Gayola, a farming village here, are still reeling from the loss they incurred from the massive rat infestation that hit the city and nearby towns in North Cotabato since November last year.
They found themselves in a position of having to pay off huge debts from rice traders they considered ‘loan sharks’ for imposing high interests on loans, ranging from 7-15 per cent.
Instead of harvesting 45 bags of rice in a hectare this season, Laniton only reaped six which she sold only for PhP 5,000 (USD 116) after “a huge army” of rats attacked her farm land. Tondocan meanwhile harvested only three bags from a hectare for only PhP 2,800 (USD 65).
Millions Lost, Not Accountable : NCIP in Hot Water for Unliquidated Funds
By Vincent Michael Borneo
Friday, 01 April 2011
Protecting or exploiting? The NCIP is mandated to protect the rights indigenous peoples like this impoverished Tiduray family in Maguindanao. But the commission is now in hot water for un-liquidated cash advances reaching millions of pesos and dating back more than a decade. JES AZNAR
It doesn’t take a Heidi Mendoza to see that proper financial control has been missing in one of the government’s commissions set to protect the rights and well-being of our nation’s indigenous population.
The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Republic Act 8371) mandated the merger of the Office for Northern Cultural Communities (ONCC) and the Office for Southern Cultural Communities (OSCC) into what is now the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in 1997.
Good Governance and Anti- Corruption: A Framework for Reform
Analysis by Alex B. Brillantes and Maricel T. Fernandez
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
‘The good, the true’ way vs. corruption: Achieving good governance and successfully stamping out corruption in government requires changing mindsets and behavior of both political leaders who have long exploited patronage and power and the citizens. JES AZNAR
The history and experience of most nations show that no matter a country’s level of development, while there is government, there will always be some degree and variation of corruption, with officials using public office for private gain. In the Philippines, in particular, the country's underdevelopment is largely attributed to a failure to institute good governance. We have traditionally had a weak state apparatus which has prevented our country from providing an enabling environment to improve living conditions for ordinary people.
Security and protection: SSS is mandated to promote an effective security system for Filipinos against hazards from maternity, sickness and old age among others. But at times, poor quality of service and lack of system has denied its citizens the protection they deserve. JES AZNAR
Most people look forward to retirement after years of working day in and day out. And with retirement, everyone looks forward to reaping the fruits of one's labor in the form of a retirement pension or associated benefits.
Through the years, however, retirees from the private sector have found themselves disappointed with how thin their checks were.
PNP ARMM: Serious Allegations of Corruption over Firearms and Recruitment Being Made – And Denied
Monday, 21 March 2011
Police matters: Police officers and kin of enlisted policemen in ARMM claim that issuance of firearms and even acceptance into the force has become a source of corruption here, but its chief says PNP offices in ARMM, like this one taken in Parang, Maguindanao is now working hard "to change for good." ALAN DAVIS
PARANG, Maguindanao -- Police recruits in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are being forced to pay up to PhP 20,000 (USD 465) before being issued their own firearms, according to reliable sources here.
It is also claimed that when some local police officers complained last year to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila about the alleged illegal profiteering, the regional department was simply ordered to investigate itself. The subsequent report back to Camp Crame in Quezon City was said to find the local force corruption-free.
Samarnons challenge MATA-Samar to probe solon’s lavish birthday bash
Friday, 18 March 2011
Birthday 'bodies': These were among the entertainers which the office of Congresswoman Mila Tan invited to celebrate her 53rd birthday, which was also marked by free packed lunches, raffle prizes, money and other goodies and a 20-minute fire works display in a province where most people remain poor and deprived of basic social services. Other photos of the party's entertainment are not suitable for publication. Taken from the Facebook account of Gov. Sharee Ann Tan and Vice Gov. Jimboy Tan
CATBALOGAN CITY -- A newsmaker in her own right, Congresswoman Milagrosa T. Tan of the 2nd District of Samar made another big hit as she turned 53 years old last February 25.
While the rest of the country were commemorating the historic 25th EDSA celebration, where a bloodless People Power toppled a corrupt dictator, the Samarnons were then witnessing one of the most lavish birthday celebrations which compelled them to ask why a government official could throw such amid poverty among her constituents.
Public Private Partnerships: Good News if Well-Planned and Managed – Bad If…
By The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Perfect partners? The Aquino government is upbeat in inviting more private firms to invest on infrastructure like the Metro Rail Transit, but some are worried this would mean the public would end up paying higher costs of services and that government would bend some rules to entice investors. JES AZNAR
While President Benigno Aquino III has vowed to implement key reforms and take a wholly different track from his predecessor, not all the policies of the Arroyo presidency have been abandoned.
One of the few things pursued by the previous administration which is set to continue and be intensified is the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
Under this program, the government will tap the private sector to invest in public infrastructure projects. While private investors will be expected to abide by regulations that come along with operating public infrastructure projects, the government is expected to ensure the consistency of regulations and provide an environment suitable for both business and just for the end-users – namely the general public.
Not-so-perfect: Ex-Navy Lt. SG Nancy Gadian's ambition as a child was to become a soldier and had high respects for the military service. But all these were shattered when she herself witnessed alleged corruption by her very own superiors. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy
Ex-Navy Lt. Senior Grade Mary Nancy Gadian, deputy chief of Civil Military Operations in the 2007 RP-US Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises recalls her stint in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a tinge of sadness because, she says, the institution she served for more than a decade did not live up to the expectations she had as a child.
"Even when I was a kid, my ambition was to be a soldier. My idea then of the military service was that of a highly-respected, role model organization. My years in active service proved me wrong," Gadian said as the financial mess rocking the AFP continues to boil.
Gadian, who gave an exclusive interview to the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) this week from a safe house, had a varied and interesting stint in the military: As well as serving in the Navy she was both Deputy Operations Officer and Chief of the Operations Center of the Civil Relations Service (CRS) at the AFP’s headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in 2001. She also spent time as Acting Chief of the Special Operations Group of the CRS.
No Turning Back: Ex-Navy Whistleblower Feels Vindicated by AFP Fund Mess
By Bong S. Sarmiento
Sunday, 20 February 2011
'Vindicated': Ex-Navy Officer Nancy Gadian flips through a pile of documents on the alleged misuse of funds for the 2007 RP-US Balikatan exercise. BONG SARMIENTO
A former junior military officer who blew the whistle about the alleged corruption scandal on the joint RP-US Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises four years ago has not gone into oblivion, showing up recently in a fighting mode as the controversial fund mess rocking the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) goes on gripping the nation's attention.
Ex-Navy Lt. Senior Grade Nancy Mary Gadian is ready to surface to substantiate the corrupt practices ingrained in the AFP system, now the subject of congressional investigations in aid of legislation midway climaxed by the suicide of former AFP chief of staff General Angelo Reyes.
In hiding for security reasons, Gadian praised former AFP budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa for spilling the beans on the bienvenida and despedida monies for AFP chiefs of staff, detailing how funds were misused that were eventually validated by former state auditor Heidi Mendoza.
While the first of our two end-of project surveys has just been posted, the results coming in already make for some very interesting reading. This survey largely centers on which direction you think the fight for greater transparency and accountability is headed in the Philippines and what you think is currently present, necessary or missing in thinking, plans and action. READ MORE
The People’s Budget – It’s Up To us to Really Make It So
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Senate Bill 2186 or the People's Participation in Budget Deliberations Act is a very welcome move in the fight against corruption and graft and the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project was lucky enough to see it first a few weeks ago and be tapped for our own opinions on it. READ MORE
Truth Telling as We Remember the Lessons from EDSA
Monday, 21 February 2011
Former state auditor Heidi Mendoza’s message to the public at the Valentine’s Day forum where she was key speaker was very timely given we are just days away from marking the 25th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and ushered in democracy. READ MORE
The Public Watch
Saturday, 19 February 2011
It is encouraging to see the Senate Conference Room on February 18 filled with students, nuns, socialites, activists, CSO workers and other concerned citizens who are all wanting to follow the continuing Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on alleged corruption within the Armed Forces of the Philippines. READ MORE
Thursday, 03 February 2011
We have a true ‘soldier’ in the form of anti-corruption fighter Heidi Mendoza –we just need to encourage more people like her to step forward and join her army. READ MORE
In the National – Not Personal Interest
Wednesday, 02 February 2011
‘Basic fair play, decency, good manners and right conduct.’ These words appeared in a well-argued column yesterday by William M. Esposo, the self-styled Chair-wrecker from the Philippine Star. READ MORE
Poor Budgeting, Too Many Contingency, and Special Purpose Funds and ‘Savings’ – All A Recipe For Corruption
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
Without commenting on who is charging what about whom in the AFP right now, it is not difficult to see how pabaon (send-off money) scandals can so easily happen. Blue Ribbon Committee hearings and politicians talk incessantly about slush-funds - and they seem to feature in every high level case of alleged corruption: But as yet, we don’t seem to link the ubiquitous slush funds with the ubiquitous and hugely discretionary contingency and special purpose funds (and dare we say it again, the PDAF/Pork Barrel Allocations) which are written into national budgets and approved by legislative committees year after year.” READ MORE
Officials Ignoring DILG Orders to Stop Personalizing Public Projects
Friday, 21 January 2011
A public-spirited citizen from Samar has just sent us in a series of photos and a complaint that government officials there appear to be in clear breach of a circular from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) banning the use of “names or initials and/or images or pictures of government officials in billboards and signages of government programs and projects.” READ MORE
The Good and Bad News from TI’s 2010 Global Corruption Barometer
Sadly the Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the Truth Commission comes as no surprise. We put ‘sadly’ not for the reasons that some might think – that many claim the Court to be biased against the Aquino government. It is ‘sad’ because it was perfectly clear back in May that any attempt to set up a commission which would only look at the alleged misdeeds of the Arroyo administration was a very poorly judged one. It suggested the move was much more about politics than it was about addressing the root of the problem of corruption in the Philippines. READ MORE
University Budget Cuts – Fact or Fiction and the Media’s Mission To Explain
29 November 2010
Opinion is critical and freedom of expression an inalienable (natural) right. Too is the right to information and often we assume they are the same thing. Yet information is essentially data and fact. Unfortunately, too much reporting the world over is poorly rooted in fact and too heavily in opinion and hearsay. READ MORE
Open Budget, Open Government
29 November 2010
Government officials, members of civil society organization workers, academic experts, business people and international development agencies met on Saturday November 20 in Pasig City to sign an agreement in a bid to make government budgets more open. READ MORE
Transparency in Government Contracts to Big Business and Consultancies
22 November 2010
“We are beginning to learn who works where, what departments spend and who are the big business recipients of taxpayers’ money,” journalists from the UK Guardian wrote last Friday in response to the latest release of financial details by the British Government. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 10th budget reporting training in Bohol June 30
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its 10th training on advanced transparency and anti-corruption reporting called “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on June 30 at the JJ’s Seafood Village in Tagbilaran City in Bohol. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 9th budget transparency reporting training in Kidapawan City June 6
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its 9th training on advanced and anti-corruption reporting dubbed as “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on June 6 at Boylyn Pension Plaza in Kidapawan City. The training was made possible with the financial assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the technical assistance of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). READ MORE
PPTRP holds 8th budget reporting training in Pampanga June 3
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its 8th training on advanced and anti-corruption reporting dubbed as “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on June 3 at the Social Action Center of Pampanga in San Fernando City, Pampanga. READ MORE
PPTRP-supported Local Transparency Groups Share Experiences in Reporting, Fighting Corruption
Three local transparency reporting groups which the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) supported and helped establish gathered on June 3 in Bohol to share experiences in building transparency and accountability in their respective communities. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 7th budget reporting training in Davao City May 27
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its seventh training on advanced transparency and anti-corruption reporting called “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on May 27 at the Ateneo De Davao in Davao City. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 6th budget transparency reporting in Dipolog City May 23
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its 6th training on advanced transparency and anti-corruption reporting called “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on May 23 at the Top Plaza Hotel in Dipolog City. READ MORE
PPTRP meets with editors and columnists May 18 to discuss media coverage of public corruption
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project met with editors and columnists of selected national and international media organizations May 18 in Manila to discuss current media behavior and thinking in relation to public corruption and transparency. READ MORE
Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, the former CEO of the Philippine Forest Corporation who later disclosed explosive information on the anomalous USD 329 million NBN-ZTE deal that nearly brought down the presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, shared his views May 9 with the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project on continuing the fight against corruption and for genuine transparency under the new administration. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 5th budget reporting training in Ozamiz City April 26
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project held its fifth training on advanced transparency and anti-corruption reporting called “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on April 26 at the Naomi’s Botanical Gardens in Ozamiz City. READ MORE
PPTRP holds 4th training on budget reporting in CDO April 2
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) held its fourth training on advanced transparency and anti-corruption reporting called “Numeracy for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens” on April 2 in Cagayan de Oro City. READ MORE
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