In SWS survey, DOLE Regions 3 & 4-A score 'very good' in fighting corruption

Date Posted: April 28th, 2014 02:20 AM

Following the release last month by the Social Weather Stations of the results of its survey showing that the DOLE, surveyed for the first time, netted a 'good' rating in sincerity in fighting corruption, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the detailed presentation by the SWS of its survey showed that two DOLE regional offices, DOLE Regional Offices No. 3 and 4-A, had received 'very good' sincerity ratings.

Welcoming the report of Human Resource Development Services Director Katherine B. Brimon, Secretary Baldoz commented that this is 'good news' for local business people and foreign investors because the two regions are considered the country's industrial hubs.

"The Metro Angeles area and the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas corridor are where most industrial manufacturing companies operate in Luzon, so the 'very good' sincerity ratings of our two regional offices in these areas mean could mean a lot in the decisions of the business sector to sustain or expand their operation," said Baldoz.

Director Brimon reported to the Secretary that the rest of the DOLE areas surveyed by the SWS received 'good' sincerity ratings--NCR (+37), Iloilo in Western Visayas (+37), Cebu in Region 7 (+48), Cagayan de Oro in Region 10 (+45), and Davao in Region 11 (+40)--propelling the DOLE to net a 'good' sincerity rating in the annual survey.

Relative to this, Baldoz said the challenge to the DOLE is not to "backslide" in the ratings.

"Our direction this year is clear: We should not slide back from 'good' to a lower rating. Our sincerity in fighting corruption must be above 'good' and we are working towards 'better', if not 'best'," she told Josef Werker of the European Times in an exclusive interview by the latter in Intramuros, Manila.

The 2013 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption, the 11th in a series of SWS surveys on the issue since 2000, was conducted with the support of Australian Aid-The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines, and in partnership with the National Competitiveness Council and Makati Business Club's Integrity Initiative program.             

"Last month, I congratulated the officials and employees of the DOLE on this achievement. Today, I congratulate the officials and employees of the DOLE Regional Offices Nos. 3 and 4-A who, since 2010, have been exerting tremendous effort to hew very closely to President Benigno S. Aquino's governance philosophy of matuwid na daan," Baldoz said.                

Baldoz said that the results of the survey could be proof that the DOLE's head-on fight against graft and corruption, which has been intensified since she assumed office as Secretary of Labor and Employment in 2010, is gaining more traction. Last week, she had upped the challenge on accepting bribes and gifts for all occasions and from all clients by instructing all DOLE officials and employees not to accept--by politely turning down--bribes and gifts of any kind from its clients and from all people having any transaction with the DOLE and its offices.

"This latest measure is one of the 'way forward' steps that we will take starting this year until 2016," Baldoz said.


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