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De Lima welcomes SWS findings on DOJ anti-corruption ratings upgrade

Posted On 2014 Feb 09
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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 8th East Asia Conference (EAC) on Competition Law and Policy at the Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (August 28, 2013). EAC is an open event for key high-level officials of competition agencies in East Asia. EAC participants exchange ideas, views and experiences on emerging regional competition issues; and undertake to strengthen understanding and cooperation with regard to the implementation of competition policy and law across the region. In photo are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 8th East Asia Conference (EAC) on Competition Law and Policy at the Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (August 28, 2013). EAC is an open event for key high-level officials of competition agencies in East Asia. EAC participants exchange ideas, views and experiences on emerging regional competition issues; and undertake to strengthen understanding and cooperation with regard to the implementation of competition policy and law across the region. In photo are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday welcomed the findings of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the Department of Justice (DOJ) anti-corruption ratings upgrade.

At the public presentation of the SWS 2013 Enterprise Survey on Corruption held on Tuesday at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City, the DOJ was cited as one of four agencies with a net sincerity rating of Good in 2013.

The +35 score was a turn-around from the -5 low in 2009 representing a significant 40-point increase.

”We welcome the findings of the SWS and this encourages us to work harder and better,” De Lima said.

”We know there are still corruption in our ranks and we intend to make our Internal Affairs Unit effective to achieve our zero-corruption target,” De Lima added.

The double upgrade of the DOF from Neutral/Moderate to Good is a record-high.

This can be attributed to the reform programs initiated and sustained by the present administration, including the investigation of major cases, implementation of consistent policies, utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to monitor performance and selection and placement of qualified and dedicated personnel.

The DOJ is a co-convenor and vice chair of the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) and chairs the Philippine Development Forum (PDF) that channels development efforts to good governance plans.

The 2013 Survey is supported by Australian Aid, The Asia Foundation, National Competitiveness Council, and the Integrity Initiative. (MNS)

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