By LIZEL S. MACATANGAY
PILI, Camarines Sur —- As part of its advocacy to equip government employees with the basic know how on public accountability and raise their awareness on how to fight corruption, the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon conducted a discussion on Public Accountability and Whistleblowing here over the weekend.
The training was participated in by officials and employees of the Department of Agriculture (DA) who had a chance to gain insights from the discussions concerning the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees otherwise known as Republic Act 6713, and Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act ,also known as Republic Act 3019.
Other topics include lectures on Service Excellence in Public Management geared towards improvement of the delivery of services of the concerned personnel, Whistleblowing, which included talks on the risks on exposing a wrongdoing and its direct threat to public interest and the provisions on Anti-Red Tape Act.
Leading the group of the graft investigators who also served as the event’s resource person is Director Wilbert L. Candelaria of the Public Assistance and Prevention Office (PACPO). Candelaria stated that the Bicol sortie is part of their tour schedule in Luzon as part of their campaign to educate government employees on their responsibility as public servants.
Other speakers include: lawyers Cynthia V. Vivar, graft investigation and prosecution officer and Joseph Marion Navarete, graft investigation officer; Maria Juanita G. Caballero, associate graft investigation officer and Flos Carmeli Batoon, administrative officer.
The activity is also in line with President Benigno Aquino’s campaign to eradicate graft and corruption in the country by strengthening measures and lectures on public accountability and imposing strict penalties to those who are found guilty of graft and related offense.
DA Executive Regional Director Jose Dayao said that the training will serve as a reminder that the government is serious in its campaign to go after the crooks and clean the system of unworthy public officials and employees.