DAR officials and employees submit to anti-corruption investigation
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) submitted itself to an anti-corruption investigation led by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), a statement showed.
DAR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research David Erro said the department is coordinating closely with the PACC to uncover illicit activities of suspected corrupt DAR officials and employees.
“We need the PACC to also correct the defects in the system of procurement and other transactions involving government funds,” Erro said.
Erro said the DAR seeks to avoid repeating the mistake of the past, referring to the controversial multi-million scams involving the Malampaya Fund and Priority Development Assistance Fund, which stained the good image of the department.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the government should get rid of corruption since it remains as a major stumbling block to the success of its many poverty alleviation programs.
PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica, for his part, said anybody who could provide the government information that may lead to the filing of charges against erring government officials and employees would receive as much as 25 percent of the recovered ill-gotten wealth.
The idea behind the bounty offer is in line with the directives of Duterte to cleanse the government of corrupt personnel who are undermining its pro-poor programs by sapping its resources through illicit activities..
DAR Assistant Secretary for Finance, Management and Administration Lucius Malsi said that DAR’s anti-corruption campaign covers not only offenses arising from illicit activities involving ill-gotten wealth but also disciplinary complaints covered under the Republic Act 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”