Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday welcomed as good news the release 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.

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.

“This is, indeed, good news for the DOLE and its officials and staff 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.

“I really welcome this good news,” she added.

Of the 24 government institutions rated for sincerity in fighting corruption, the DOLE was second among four government agencies with a ‘good’ net rating of +43. The three other agencies with net ‘good’ ratings are the Department of Education, +49; Supreme Court, +36; and Department of Justice, +35.

The Office of the President maintained its excellent rating with a +77, while four agencies, namely, Departments of Trade and Industry, Health, Social Welfare and Development, and the Social Security System, had net sincerity ratings of ‘very good’, ranging from +52 to +58.

The survey also showed five agencies with ‘moderate’ ratings; six agencies with ‘neutral’ ratings; and four agencies with ‘poor’ ratings; and one agency with ‘bad’ rating.

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.

“We have lived our vow to battle graft and corruption in the DOLE and its offices to ensure integrity and efficiency in the delivery of programs and services to the people. We have laid out a number of “strong and firm” measures that  sustained and reinforced efforts to keep the DOLE graft- and corruption-free. We will continue to implement these measures more intensely this year,” she said.

One of these measures, according to Baldoz, is Administrative Order No. 313, Series of 2012, constituting the DOLE an Administrative Complaints Committee (ACC). The ACC initially evaluates complaints against all DOLE officials and employees who are non-presidential appointees and, if found with basis, recommends submission of complaints for preliminary investigation.

“In institutionalizing the ACC, we have shown that we are ‘very determined’ in pursuing the policy on speedy disposition of administrative complaints involving DOLE officials and employees to “render fair justice” to all concerned,” said Baldoz.

Another measure is the DOLE Framework and Action Plan for Efficiency and Integrity Development instituted under A.O. No. 31 Series of 2013 which, among others, require the online posting in the DOLE website of annual net worth of all 3rd level DOLE officials, including division chiefs, based on their Statement of Assets and Liabilities; status of labor standards and POEA appealed cases; DOLE Citizen’s Charter; management actions on COA Audit Reports; and transparency seal.

“At DOLE today, we also conduct corruption resistance reviews and vulnerability assessments as part of strengthening accountability,” Baldoz said, adding:

“We have even installed CCTV cameras in areas where frontline services and transactions are done and electronic feedback and complaints linked to our website. This year, we intend to establish a system for transparent and objective raffling of cases, and continue the conduct of random lifestyle checks, among other additional integrity and accountability-strengthening measures.”

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