Promoting Integrity, Fighting Corruption in the Philippines

MSI supports the process of reducing corruption by seeking synergies between the Republic of the Philippines government agencies and civil society organizations.

The USAID-funded Philippines Integrity Project focuses on current successful anti-corruption initiatives while also establishing new initiatives to improve integrity within government agencies. It builds on work done from 2006 to 2009 by MSI on the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines Threshold Program Technical Assistance Project.

More specifically, the Project has four components. MSI will assist the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) in reengineering its business process in order to build better case records and information management capabilities and to improve capacity to use the Information Technology physical infrastructure now in place. MSI will also put in place a system to manage judicial court case evidence to support more successful prosecutions at all levels.

MSI will work with the OMB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to build an effective system for successful prosecution of lower court corruption cases. MSI will support completion and maintenance of an accurate database of cases to use as a tool for sound caseload management. It will also execute a Memorandum of Understanding between OMB and DOJ to support their collaboration on successful, timely prosecution, and training to make prosecutors more effective. Through a small grants program, civil society will conduct a court watch program.

Initiatives in the fight against corruption will usually be most effective if they are carried out by concerned agencies cooperatively. MSI will provide specific targeted support for the strengthening of the cooperation between the OMB, the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Support will focus on the more effective use of the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth and audits in prosecution of public officials for graft and corruption through joint training of auditors, investigators and prosecutors.

The Integrity Development Review (IDR) process is a valuable tool for examining corruption vulnerabilities within Philippines’ government agencies and for developing solutions to reduce those vulnerabilities. MSI will support the cascading of the fight against corruption to the regional and local levels by engaging Local Government Units (LGUs) in the process from the start, thus assuring ownership of the initiatives. MSI will also encourage the continued activation of applicable local and regional leagues to reinforce the strengthening of good governance in the LGUs.

The two-year project started in October 2009.