Citizens, private organizations join forces to fight ‘cancer of corruption’
By Fr. Mickey Cardenas
Oct. 10, 2018
Even while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared himself clear of cancer after undergoing medical tests, a coalition of individuals and private organizations is coming up with concrete ways to fight the “cancer of corruption” that it believes has spread to all levels of Philippine society.
The Coalition Against Corruption (CAC) is organizing the “Corruption Busters in Action” Summit with the theme “Fighting Corruption through Genuine Public Service.
It will be held on Oct. 12 at the Diamond Hotel, Malate, Manila.
“The Coalition Against Corruption is committed to set the highest standards of excellence and integrity in individual and organizational conduct leading the different sectors of society to a corrupt-free society,” said coalition member Dr. Veronica E. Ramirez, holder of the UA&P – BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work.
The summit will bring together participants from different sectors, such as recruitment agencies, business, consumers, the Federation of Free Workers, overseas Filipino workers, transportation, environment, Indigenous People, and lawyer groups.
It will feature speakers with expertise on the following topics:
- Busting bureaucracy through operational efficiency
- Building strong leadership character to fight corruption
- Increasing transparency through information communication and technology
Atty. Manny Obedoza, CAC chairman, will also launch the “Gawad Integridad sa Serbisyo” in recognition of Filipinos with exceptional qualities and values such as integrity in service.
Battling corruption in all its forms
The Coalition Against Corruption, Inc. is a private non-government organization of “corruption-busters in action” and a partner of government in its battle against corruption in all its forms.
“Let us provide an enabling platform to Filipino individuals, organizations, and institutions where we can coalesce and engage each other towards fighting public and private sector corruption,” said former Department of Labor Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag, and currently the president of the Lilac Center for Public Interest, in stressing the urgency of the said initiative.
CAC is headed by Atty. Lovensky Fernandez with former DOLE Under Secretary Nicon Fameronag as internal vice president.
Interested parties may email Atty. Lovensky Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.