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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Monday, 26 July 2021 17:09


Suggested Ways of Ending Corruption in the Philippines

Unsolicited Advice
By Bobby M. Reyes
This columnist sent in 2010 by e-mail to an e-forum postings about how to reduce substantially corruption, or even eliminate it in the Philippines. The postings in the e-forum appeared also in three yahoogroups.com, namely the Botomo, the NaFFAA-forum and Cepol (Cebu politics). The original thread was called: “Re: Graft and Corruption – Ano ang Magawa Natin? (What Can We Do About It?)”
On Jan. 29, 2011, an article was published in the MabuhayRadio website that reproduced the gist of the e-mails (that this columnist sent) and it was dubbed "Conceptual Framework of Approach for Ridding Sorsogon and the Philippines of Graft and Corruption."

Here are the suggested steps this columnist urged the Filipino national policy-and-decision makers to do if they want to end corruption in the country:

 *    "Reinvent" also the system. Like the system of paying salaries to public servants; decent wages must be paid that will enable public servants to live comfortably, so that they will not be tempted to receive bribes.

        I included a proposal in my economic platform (when I ran for governor in the 2016 election) to raise the minimum wage per day in Sorsogon Province from 350-pesos to 1,000-pesos. I reduced my proposal to a Facebook Note and it carries doable suggestions on how to fund the new wages. The proposal for Sorsogon Province can be a template for all the 81 provinces and the cities in them. Interested readers can still view it at this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/365547031264343/

*   Start a movement called the "ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E.," with the vow of turning a different EDSA Revolution; EDSA shall become the acronym for "Economic Development and Social Advancement." The bottom line is to make not only the government but also the economy of the people, by the people and for the people.


*   Undertake three other revolutions: Green, Blue (blue-water) and Wireless. We have written so many articles on our socioeconomic platforms as part of a 25-year development program, as found in the ReVOTElution Section at this link: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/www-revotelution-com/ 

All the socioeconomic projects, plans and programs will be treated like items in a conveyor-belt assembly plant. This means that when all the favorable factors and requirements are in place, long-term projects can become medium-term programs and medium-term goals can become short-term endeavors, if not immediate gains.


*   All the socioeconomic projects, plans and programs will be treated like items in a conveyor-belt assembly plant. This means that when all the favorable factors and requirements are in place, long-term projects can become medium-term programs and medium-term goals can become short-term endeavors, if not immediate gains.

*   ATIC Principles. ("ATIC," as I coined in 2000 means "accountability, transparency, integrity and credibility".) All financial transactions of the provincial government (bank accounts, contracts, checks issued by the Provincial Treasurer as countersigned by the Office of the Governor) will be available online; all financial documents such as contracts for roads, bridges, etc., and all provincial treasury warrants will be scanned and posted in the provincial website. All pending and past contracts will be subjected to forensic audit by the Provincial Auditor, as may be aided by Filipino and Overseas-Filipino CPAs and private auditors. Because if all of the governments of the 81 provinces are corruption-free, then the Philippine national government will be forced to eliminate corruption at the national level.

*   All provincial, municipal and city employees will be invited to join a cooperative. As an example, I proposed that all (public employees) would manage at least one-fourth of the 4,000 hectares of abandoned or idle fish ponds in Sorsogon Province, with the profits shared by them. Employees of the national government -- from teachers to the police -- will be invited to join the said cooperative. This venture will give all government employees additional income.

* As may be permitted by national laws, as found in the Code of Local Governments and other applicable regulations, all the provincial-government employees and the participating LGU employees or officials will be voluntarily sworn in as deputies of the Provincial Sheriff, which will be run like the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. All accusations against any public employee (as full-time or part-time deputized employee of the Provincial Sheriff's Office) will be dealt with in a court martial, with a jury system deciding the case in 60 to 90 days, as described in this article "Reinventing the Philippine Criminal-justice System", at this link: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/reinventing-the-philippines/reinventing-the-philippine-criminal-justice-system

This columnist understands that not all readers will click the links in this instant op-ed piece. And read them. It will take really a genuine concern to change the Philippine homeland into a better and progressive nation -- with all the safeguards to end or at least minimize corruption. 

This columnist understands that not all readers will click the links in this instant op-ed piece. And read them. It will take really a genuine concern to change the Philippine homeland into a better and progressive nation -- with all the safeguards to end or at least minimize corruption. 

But if corruption is not ended, the Philippines will self-destruct, for the archipelago is like an awakening volcano that is about to erupt. This series is meant to be an eye-opener that a formal Philippine-government commission or a bipartisan body can review and recommend changes for implementation initially by a series of Executive Orders from a new Philippine President. And eventually enacted into approved bills that the President may sign into laws -- after both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve the said pieces of legislation. Nothing more, nothing less. # # # 
 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2021 17:16
 

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