Least Corrupt Government Agency is DSWD– Pulse Asia

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An April 1, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Social Welfare and Development
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman is pleased to note that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was rated as the “least corrupt” government agency based on the March 2011 Ulat ng Bayan national survey of Pulse Asia.
Results from the survey fieldwork, which was conducted from February 24 to March 6, 2011 showed that one (1) in ten (10) Filipino respondents or 10.5 percent of the total respondents believed that almost no graft and corruption has taken place in the DSWD. The survey used face-to-face interviews with some 1,200 sample of representative adults aged 18 and above.
The DSWD rating was followed by the Department of Health (9.2 percent) and the Department of Education (DepEd).
It will be recalled that the DSWD got a 10.1 percent rating in the “corruption” surveys in December 1999, while 10.5 percent in February 2009.
Secretary Soliman attributed the high ratings in the survey with the DSWD’s continuous implementation of anti-corruption measures contained in the Integrity Development Review Action Plan (IDRAP).
“We will remain committed in adherence to the principles of good governance by implementing measures against corruption.” Secretary Soliman stated.   These are through the inclusion of Income Tax Returns in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities of professionals practicing their profession outside DSWD; inclusion of integrity check in recruitment and promotion of government personnel; integration of the IDAP in performance contracts;  implementation of the guidelines on Internal Whistle Blowing and Internal Reporting; and the implementation of the Office Guidelines for Holding Certain Officials of the Department Accountable for the Corrupt Activities of Specific Subordinates, among others.
Secretary Soliman added that the DSWD is strengthening its Grievance Redress System (GRS) for the major anti-poverty programs, such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, to immediately address issues and prevent corrupt practices.  Likewise, the DSWD is intensifying its engagement with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to monitor program implementation and sustain