At 2014 Freedom Run, DOLE’s BLR declares: “I am free from corruption!”

Select personnel of the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) and their director, Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez, last week participated in the 14th Freedom Run held at the CCP Complex and, together with thousands of participants, declared: “I am free from corruption!”

In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Director Benavidez said the BLR employees and he joined the event to demonstrate the BLR’s strong stand against any form of corruption.

“The event was organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in cooperation with the Pasay City local government and Integrity Initiative,” said Benvidez in his report.

The FNF, a German foundation for ideas on liberty and training in freedom, organized the event to contribute to the furtherance of the principles of freedom in human dignity in all sectors of society in Germany, as well as abroad.

The Integrity Initiative, on the other hand, is a private-led effort to promote good governance, transparent business transactions, and strict integrity standards in the Philippines.

The event theme, “I am Free From Corruption!” served as the battle cry of the over 3,000 runners that represented 33 government agencies in the Freedom Run.

These government agencies included the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Commission on Women, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Local Government Academy, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation, Department of Justice, National Power Corporation, Insurance Commission, Office of the President, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Navy, Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Racing Commission;

Philippine Army, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Bases Conversion Development Authority, Senate –Office of the Secretary, Social Security System, Presidential Communications & Strategic Planning Office, Commission on Elections, Presidential Management Staff, Agriculture Training Institute, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Career Executive Board, National Diary Authority, Bureau of Customs, National Defense College, Department of Education, Department of National Defense, and Department of Interior and Local Government-NCR.

Quoting Jules Maaten, FNF country director, in an interview, said “there are many Filipinos who are against corruption, and this Freedom Run is a fantastic opportunity to show it in a friendly and fun way.”

“The activity was a personification of public and private partnership with a common cause,” Maaten said.

Benvidez said the Freedom Run brought together civil society groups, private citizens, and government agencies all in the spirit of unity in advocacy for fighting against corruption.

END/BLR

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