By Rolando O. Borrinaga

NAVAL, BILIRAN – “Bagat” is an old Bisayan word which has two extreme meanings. On the one hand, it refers to a friendly meeting; on the other, it refers to a hostile encounter. This word provided the acronym and agreed attitude of an anti-corruption group recently organized during a two-day workshop here.

Last Jan. 30-31, some 20 participants representing almost all towns and sectors in this province attended the First Workshop on Good Governance: Procurement and Project Monitoring. This activity was organized by Fr. Bing Colasito, director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Naval, and held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center .

The resource person for the workshop was Edward C. Gacusana, senior political researcher of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and coordinator of the Coalition Against Corruption (CAC).

The CAC is an alliance of the business sector, non-government organizations, and the Church that fights corruption. Launched on Sept. 21, 2004, it implements and supports counter-corruption projects in the area of procurement and delivery of essential public services.

The main workshop input was an orientation on R.A. No. 9184, the Government Procurement Reform Act, which was passed into law in 2002. Its principles on transparency allow observers from duly recognized private groups to sit in procurement proceedings of government agencies.

Aside from a copy each of R.A. No. 9184, the participants also received two booklets: “A Guide to Pork Barrel Watch” and “A Guide to Medicine Monitoring in Public Hospitals.”

Group activities included a recall game to quiz participants on R.A. 9184, role playing about government procurement, budget tracking, and a rapid assessment for civic engagement in Biliran. Lectures included tips on how to observe government procurement, the “red flags” of procurement, and the use of monitoring tools.

The participants decided that the name of their NGO would be Biliran Advocates for Good Governance and Transparency – Corruption Prevention Council (BAGGAT-CPC). Its papers are being worked out for registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The founding officers include Dr. Juan V. Pastor as Chairman, Noel B. Pla as Secretary, and Lorna Ferguson as Treasurer. Other members of the Board of Directors include Enrique Calagos for Culaba, Dr. Ben Inocentes for Kawayan, Clarita Napoles for Cabucgayan, Pedro Ecalla for Almeria , Prof. Rolando O. Borrinaga for the academe, Fr. Bing Colasito for the clergy.


ANTI-CORRUPTION GROUP IN BILIRAN. Participants of the First Workshop on Good Governance: Procurement and Budget Monitoring held on Jan. 30-31 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Naval. They have organized themselves into an NGO to be called BAGGAT-CPC (Biliran Advocates for Good Governance and Transparency – Corruption Prevention Council) which shall seek observer status in the procurement proceedings of government agencies in the province.

Once BAGGAT-CPC has been registered, the organization will negotiate for the mandated observer status in the procurement processes of various government agencies in the province, including the Biliran Provincial Government, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Naval Institute of Technology.

Reports of the observers and other organizational activities would be chronicled in a quarterly newsletter and in an Internet website.

As an organization, BAGGAT-CPC seeks a friendly meeting of minds despite their observer roles in the near future. Only time will tell if this initiative would be viewed as an invitation to a hostile encounter by the concerned agencies.

52 COMMENTS

  1. I just hope and pray, ma successful ni tanan. Ma moroblema jud si Sammy Sale, Delfin Santos, GiGi Tan ug uban pa kay di na makasabot sabot sa Bids and Awards Committee. Di na pod kabuhay buhay si Nilo penaflor.
    Good Luck! I have always believed in Doc Pastor and Father Bing. Go for it!

  2. Congratulations and Thank you for the founders of BAGGAT-CPC.

    I urge all Biliranons to keep an open mind and allow this new anti-corruption movement to perform its mission to eradicate corruption in all forms.

    The founding members have been consistent in their stand on issues against corruption in the past years. CAC in Manila will provide BAGGAT-CPC a national exposure and support which is necessary in putting pressure to all serving politicians and government employees and departments to be honest, transparent and accountable to public funds within their discretion.

    Wishing you all the best. You have my full support.

  3. Utip 2

    You should welcome the formation of this movement if you are serious in your intention to help get rid of corruption in Biliran.

    As a matter of fact, considering that all your posts screams of allegations of corruption against DPWH and Rep Glenn Chong, this movement will give you a formal venue to elevate your claims to the proper forum.

    Until then, your allegations are simply seen as a paid demolition job on Rep Chong.

    Interested? Join the movement.

  4. post 4,
    mao lagi?thanks sa imong invitation to join this group…but ang ako lang kung mahimo likayan lang nato nga naay himoong usa ka officers pa gyod nga member nga naay political affiliation o naa bay vested intereses nga iya silbi nakuha sa usa ba ka political group o unsa ba na diha?ang akong swesyon is kung mahimo kining mga tawhana molikay nalang unta nga mahimo as one the member of the policy making body niining hugponga…okey?

  5. Utip 6

    I can understand where you’re coming from ;and that is why in my previous post, I urge Biliranons to keep an open mind.

    It is undeniable and unavoidable that all of us have and had previous affiliations and participation in various political activities . It is also normal that we tend to support groups that share same beliefs, same political agenda, and same interests as we do.

    However, irregardless of our individual leanings, I tend to believe that there is a common denominator binding Biliranons together. In this particular case, our love for Biliran and our desire for its progress. The progress of Biliran has been impeded by lack of public funds ,that has gone astray because of corruption.

    In this regard, I would like to ask you to keep an open mind and allow the movement to perform its job. We have to remember that these people are volunteers. Along the way, there will be some teething problems but given the support, BAGGAT-CPC will give the Biliranons the opportunity to be pro-active in the fight against corruption. I believe that being pro-active is a lot better than being re-active in our fight against corruption.

    We may have to put our cynicism aside and support this movement. The good thing that may come out of it is that, our serving politicians, government departments and employees , its procurement and disbursement activities will be put to closer scrutiny. In other words, let us keep them honest.

    I have great faith in the founding members and its officers. With everyone’s support, the movement will carry our protest against graft and corruption in Biliran.

  6. GIPANGULBA-AN MAN DAYON SI UTIP. POR BIDA POD NING BAGGAT UY! NGANONG GIAPIL MAN POD NILA ANG KAPITOLYO SA ILANG TARGET. MAAYO LANG UNTA TO UG BISAN UG PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL LANG, KAY AT LEAST SI DOK RABBIT LANG ANG MANAGANG SA IYANG KALAPASAN. PERO UG HASTA NA ANG SA KAPITOLYO, MAAPIL KA RATSADA ANG MGA 15-30 UG ANG ILANG GHOST PROJECTS. MAS DAGHAN RA BA ANG 15-30 SA KAPITOLYO KONTRA SA DPWH. MAWAD-AN NA INTAWON SI UTIP SA IYANG GATASAN.

    SIGE UTIP, IBULGAR DINHI ANG IMONG NAHIBAW-AN NGA MGA ANOMALIYA SA DPWH, AND ILADLAD NA LANG POD ANG IMONG SUHESTIYON KUNG UNSAON PAGTARONG SA MGA HIWI DINHI.

    UNYA MAAYO POD UNTA UG DUNA MANUNDOG SA IMO PAGBULGAR SA SAMANG BINUHATAN SA KAPITOLYO UG UNSAON PAGTARONG NIINI.

    BAMAN SA N.I.T., NANAGANG NA MAN SILA DIDTO SA MULO SA KATAWHAN.

  7. Utip, it is about time nga magshare pod ka alang sa kaayuhan sa atong community thru vigilance as principle of public accountability. Be a whistle blower kung kaya ng bituka mo. If you stand for the truth, why hide your true skin. ayaw pagtago tago kay walay credibility ang tawung coward sa blogs.

    I suggest na dapat may ngipon pod ang Anti-Corruption Group kay tingalig Ningas Kugon pod ni mga tawhana, which I pray layu ra o dili jud mahitabo.

    Salamat mr. Jalms.

  8. KOMENTO LANG NI HA!
    NAAY FOUNDING OFFICERS NINYO NGA:
    1.nag papliti sa iyang bakanteng luna isip garahe schl buses…
    2.ug kanang usa mao pod ang nag destribwer sa mga libreng school bags…
    PINAAGI ANING ILANG INVOLVEMENT SA MGA PINOLITIKANHONG KALIHOKAN…para nako lisod gayod makapatuman ug esaktong lakang may kabahin ani nga advocacy on anti-corruption?

  9. Jade M 10,

    Dili seguro ngipon ang kinahanglanon sa anti-corruption group kay dili man pinaakay ang trabaho sa procurement sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno.

    Ang ordinaryo nga kinahanglanon sa usa ka observer mao lamang ang iyang duha ka mata ug duha ka talinga, ug ang ordinaryong panghunana nga makatimbangtimbang ug unsay sakto ug unsay sayop sa mga gi estoryahan sa procurement. Dili man siya expected nga mag apil-apil sa deliberation.

    Unya pagkahuman sa proseso sa procurement, mohimo ug report ang gi assign nga observer, gamit ang gitalaan nga monitoring forms. Unya i-process ang report sa opisina sa BAGGAT-CPC, imantala sa newsletter ug sa Internet, unya magpadala ug kopya sa Ombudsman.

    Morag ingon lang gud ana. Trabaho lang nga boluntaryo, walay personalan.

  10. MAAYO UNTA KANA BAGGAT-CPC DILI MAPAREHA ADTO REPRESENTATIVE SA VACC NGA TAGA TAC NGA KONO MO ATTEND SA BIDDING DPWH ANDO PA DIAY EGO LANG SIGN SA ATTENDANCE DN MOULI LANG DAYON HUMAN MAKADAWAT UG KWARTA GIKAN SA PBAC. DILI NA GANI MO ATTEND SA OPENING OF BIDS. PERO MEDYO TAAS AKO PAGSALIG ANA NGA MGA MEMBER.

  11. BULGAR 13,

    MAAYO RA POD NGA IMO NING GIBULGAR NGA SUKWAHI NGA GAWI SA UNA NGA NAGPAKAURO OBSERVER DIHA SA DPWH.

    APAN KINI KARON, TAGA DINHI NA MISMO SA BILIRAN ANG MGA OBSERVER. LISOD SEGURO MAKUMKOM ANG ASO SA PANIG SA PBAC UG SA MGA OBSERVER MISMO. MORA UG MA TSISMIS DAYON UG KINSA ANG NAGBINUANG.

    MAAYO KA PA KAY DUNA KA NAY SUHESTIYON.

    ASA NA BA TO SI UTIP? PUROS RA MAN TO SIYA PAGHOT. DILI SEGURO SIYA GUSTO MASULBAD ANG PROBLEMA SA KURAKOT DINHI SA ATO, KAY AYO UG MAPARA SIYA SA 15-30 PAYROLL SA KAPITOLYO. UNYA MAHIGTAN NA POD ANG ILANG MGA HIWI NGA PLANO DIHA SA DPWH KON UGALING MAKABALIK MAN NGANI ANG IYANG MGA AMO SA POSISYON SA KONGRESO. SIGE, PAGDAMGO PA UTIP. AW, PAGBULBOGS DIAY, TINGHITHIT NA MAN DIAY RONG ORASA PARA SA IMO.

  12. cCONGRATULATIONS SA BAGGAT NGA MGA OPISYAL

    NALIPAY KO NGA SI DR. BORRINAGA MAOY NA ASSIGN SA MGA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS APIL NA ANG NIT.

    PROF. BORRINAGA NIAY IMONG DAKUN HAGIT KUN TINUOD BA GAYUD ANG IMONG SINSIRIDAD SA IMONG GIHUPTAN KARON NGA PWESTO.

    PALIHUG KUNO OG OTINGKAY MAGAMAY SA BUDGET DIHA SA NIT OG SA DATA NGA AKONG GIBATBAT SA UNAHAN KAY KINI MAO ANG GIINGON NGA “TIP OF THE ICEBERG’ LANG, NAA PA KA DIHA MAUTINGKAY NGA MAKURAT ANG MGA GINIKANAN OG ANG TIBUOK KATILINGBAN SA BILIRAN

    PANGINANOA OG PILA ANG MADAWAT SA MGA TAGA IGP KADA TUIG OG PIPILA LANG ANG NAKA ENJOY

    HASTA ANG MGA NEGOSYO SA ANAK NGA BABAYE SA DAKUNG OPISYAL DIHA

    KUN MAKA KUHA KA OG MGA FACTS DAKU KAAYO NI OG IMPACT SA INYONG KAPUNUGNAN NGA BAGGAT O DAKU NGA ALIVIO SA MGA GINIKANAN OG MGA ESTUDYANTE

    SALAMAT PROFESSOR

  13. Procurement man ang target jud ani kinahanglan makasuheto pod sila sa mga suppliers. Kana man gud tanan sabot-saot na before it reaches the hands of the Bids and Awards Committee. Contact na nila daan ang suppliers before they submit a quote. It’s very esy nowadays, one txt lang or call sa supplier ok na. GSO will make the necessary papers because nagkasabot na outside, so bidding, bidding kunuhay, actually ceremonials nalang na. What will appear is that nagsubay sa tanan rules sa BAC, legal ang process. So, unsa pa man problma ana? Kinsa man moingon overprice nga ang mga suppliers ngkasabot man sa kataas sa ila presyo. That’s one hard job, i would say but let’s cross our fingers there. Lots of support and vigilance from the people really.It’s about time we know our moral grounds. Looy jud ang BILIRAN ISLAND if all of this corruptions continue to flourish. So, let us support each other for the future of our children

  14. BAGGAT-CPC,
    KINING MGA TRACSACTION RON DIHA SA dpwh MAY PANGINLABOT SA NIANANG MGA pet projects nila…SA INSTALLATION OF GUARDRAILS AND TRAFFIC SIGNS…PAMINTAL SA KALSADA…MAO GYOD NI ANG ANGAYAN UG ATENSYON?KAY UGALING KAKUHA MO UG purchase order ANA…MAMOLAT GYOD MO?SA MGA overpriced of materials…WALA PA NAY LABOT ANG KWESYONABLENG ACCREDITED BIDDERS DIHA NGA KINING yoyen ug bechaida const. lang pirme ang madaogon…KANA VIOLATION USA POD NA ANGAYAN TAGAAN PANSIN KAY KINI KLARO GAYOD NGA USA KA collusive scheme NIINING 2.2.2 LANG KA CONTRATORS…UG LAIN KINING MAY KABAHIN SA hauling of surfacing materials DIIN ANG IDELIVER SA SITE IS ONLY 30% SA ACTUAL COMPUTED VOLUME SO ANG 70% MOADTO GAYOD SA KONGRESISTA ANG DAKONG PARTE UG SA MGA EMPLEYADO ANG UBAN…

  15. WELCOME BAGGAT-CPC!

    In our country where graft and corruption is now included in our filipino customs and traditions, i can say, it’s like we’re Don Quixotes all but with our persistence, dedication and commitment to do it nothing is impossible under the sun. But let me suggest, please include in your membership the members of the PICE BILIRAN CHAPTER AND PICPA BILIRAN CHAPTER because they know all the nitty-gritty of how to stop corruption here. You know what i mean? Okey? GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE ANGEL GABRIEL WATCH YOUR BACK.

    NO SACRED COW PLEASE.

  16. Good day to everyone. Welcome and congratulations to BAGGAT-CPC. RA 9184 was intended to provide transparency in government transactions and biddings. The procedures outlined in the this RA make it difficult for collussion and rig biddings, however, it’s in the manner how it is implemented which is wanting. Especially in the posting and pre-qualification of suppliers and or contractors. Most of the times invitations for bids are not posted and are hidden from the public. In DPWH’s case please be aware that most of their invitation for bids are posted in the internet. More power and hopefully, this group shall be able to realize their objectives. And I certainly agree that the officials or persons behind this organization are trustworthy and reliable.

  17. TO BAGGAT_CPC,
    Please take note of this: In DPWH’s bidding, a contractor or supplier has to shell out 3% of the total bid price and give it to the PBAC, before the opening of the bid. This money is shared by all members of the PBAC. I have gone over RA 9184 and nowhere do i find anything that says one has to produce 3% (money for PBAC) before bids are opened. However, in section 15 of RA 9184 BAC members and the TWG may receive honoria of not more than 25% of their monthly salaries subject to the availability of funds. But this does not mean that the money will come from the bidders. This is common practice in DPWH biddings.

  18. CCON 15,

    DIAY TUBAG NI PROF. BORRINAGA SA IMONG BLOG DIDTO SA HOMETOWN NAVAL WEBSITE.

    &&&&

    CCON 15,

    Allow me to formally answer your concern in my website.

    I participated in the workshop and joined BAGGAT-CPC on a personal capacity as a concerned native of this town and province. But when the group identified the tasks for its civic engagement here, I chose to represent the academe in the board, considering that it is along my professional line. However, please note that my role would be largely to advise the board on policy matters regarding its future observer role in procurement in the educational sector. It does not necessarily mean that I would be the observer myself.

    Indeed, I would prefer to inhibit myself from acting as BAGGAT-CPC observer in the procurement processes of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Naval Institute of Technology (NIT), for obvious conflict of interest. I have been involved in DepEd activities during the TEEP (Third Elementary Education Project) years, wrote this project’s final report (which, I was told, was lauded at the policy level), and still contribute to its sustaining Adopt-a-Child Trust Fund (ACTF). As for NIT, I am still involved in the organic farming thrust of its College of Agriculture in Biliran town. My chosen tasks for both institutions are, therefore, still “unfinished”.

    It is not the role of BAGGAT-CPC to look at questionable or irregular procurement practices of government agencies and institutions in the past. Our basic role as observers would be to look over the shoulders of those involved in procurement, starting from the time when we would be duly recognized. We do not even have to participate in the deliberations. If possible, we intend to limit ourselves to filling out answers in the pre-designed, questionnaire-type monitoring forms based on what we have observed in the proceedings. It is really as simple as that.

    Ideal as it may seem, we prefer that our presence or prospective presence, alone, as observers in the processes of procurement would serve as sufficient deterrent against the conduct of wrongdoing in this vital government function.

    Of course, we shall process the observers’ reports and publish our findings and observations in a newsletter (expected to come out quarterly) and in the Internet. Then we shall send copies of our collated reports to the Ombudsman and the Coalition Against Corruption (CAC), our NGO link in Manila, or even report some items to the national newspapers. We admit that this aspect of our function could be scary to some people. But we are not keeping this under wraps; this is better known now.

    We intend to be transparent as much as possible in the conduct of our observer roles. We know the task ahead is not easy. But we shall do our part.

    Somebody has written in the blog that BAGGAT-CPC should have “more teeth” in performing its tasks. I do not exactly agree with that. All we need are our two eyes, two ears, and that basic instinct to sense what is right and what is wrong in the acts that we passively observe. And, of course, a minimum skill to write down on paper what we have seen and heard.

    Are we up to it? You bet.

    Rolando O. Borrinaga

  19. Utip… na unsa kaman against ka man dayon ni ining groupo, dili ni pinolitica kay bisan si congressman mabantayan aning groupo, hadlok kalang siguro kay ang Corruption mao ang trabaho sa imung amo nga mga BANDIDO, dapat mag member ka ani para ma bag o ang imung isip ug huna huna sa pag depensa sa imung kawatan nga agarun ang mga bandido Espina.

  20. Your suppose 2 b right Madlangbayan & it involves a lot of money, imagine 3% of d total bid price! WOW!! Naa diha kuhaa Sir ang gigasto pg palit pagkaon sa atong manga POLITIKO ug mga BG nga pirme anha mangaon sa ato DPWH RESTAURANT. BISITA sa atong mga politoko nga anha e han ok. Naa diha kuhaa ang gapalit ug mga litson nga ge pledge sa atong mga politoKO ngadto sa uban agency ug uban pang galatosan. GRABE SIR NO!

  21. It is also important that BAGGAT-CPC should not only serve as a watchdog but if possible initiate cases against persons responsible for corruption. In this way, grafters will be cautious and corruption abated.

  22. UTIP

    PARA SA IMONG KASAYURAN, KARONG ADLAWA, NAKADAWAT ANG DPWH-BILIRAN UG SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM MAHITUNGOD SA IMONG GISANG-AT NGA KASO SA AKOA. I CALLED UP THE DISTRICT ENGINEER AND GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO GIVE ALL THE DOCUMENTS THE OMBUDSMAN REQUIRE. THE OMBUDSMAN WILL RECEIVE ALL THE DOCUMENTS THEY WANT WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM RECEIPT OF THE SUBPOENA. THAT’S TRANSPARENCY!

    I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. THEY CAN GO THROUGH THOSE DOCUMENTS.

    BUT IF I ASK GOVERNOR ROGER ESPINA FOR DOCUMENTS ON HIS STATEMENT OF ASSET AND LIABILITIES FROM 2001 TO 2009, AND DOCUMENTS ON THE 35 MILLION LOAN (ONLY 4 PIECES OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT WAS BOUGHT) AND 12 MILLION LOAN (FOR COMPUTERIZATION), WILL HE GIVE IT TO ME OR TO THIS ANTI-CORRUPTION GROUP? I NEED AN HONEST ANSWER UTIP. GIHAGIT KA NAKO MAHITUNGOD SA STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES NGA ANDAM KO MOHATAG, GITUBAG BA NIMO NI NGA HAGIT? WALA! WA NAKA MOTUBAY KAY DILI GYUD MOHATAG SI GOVERNOR ESPINA. KUNG DILI MOHATAG, DI ATONG PUGSON… KAMO RA DIAY KAHIBAWO…

    REMEMBER, GIKIHAAN PUD KO NIMO SA ETHICS COMMITTEE NGA TUNGOD SA PAGKAWAY-UWAW NIMO NAGPATAKA KA UGA AKUSAR NAKO… GI-HEARING KA BA? WALA. GILABAY RA DAYON SA ETHICS COMMITTEE IMONG COMPLAINT SA BASURAHAN. WA NA GANI KO PATUBAGA KAY NAKLARO ANG IMONG MOTIBO.

    AT LEAST, KARON WA NAY RASON NGA MAGDUGAY-DUGAY ANG OMBUDSMAN SA KASO NI GOVERNOR ROGER ESPINA KAY AKO GYUD GIPAKITA NILA NGA ANDAM KO MOSUBMITER SA ILANG INVESTIGATION AS THEY REQUIRE ME. NOW, I HAVE THE MORAL HIGH GROUND TO DEMAND A SPEEDIER INVESTIGATION AND MOVEMENT OF THE CASE OF GOVERNOR ROGER ESPINA ON HIS BILIRAN GARDEN RESORT. SALAMAT KAAYO SA INYONG GIFILE NAKO NGA SUMBONG, AT LEAST NAA NA KO MAGAMIT TO SPEED UP THE ESPINA CASE.

    AT ANY RATE, GOVERNOR ESPINA WILL FACE 2 MORE CHARGES ON THE 35 MILLION LOAN AND THE 12 MILLION LOAN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. REMEMBER, I ALWAYS THINK OF TIT FOR TAT. 1 CASE VS GOV FOR THE ETHICS COMPLAINT. 1 CASE VS GOV FOR THE OMBUDSMAN COMPLAINT. I HAVE BATCHES OF DOCUMENTS PA THAT I WILL USE AS THE NEED ARISES. WANNA BET?

  23. TO THE GOOD GOVERNANCE MONITORS!

    I WISH TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THE CREATION OF THIS MONITOR GROUP. THIS WILL REALLY GO A LONG WAY IN ENSURING THAT THE BUDGET OF GOVERNMENT WILL REALLY TRICKLE DOWN TO THE POOR, ESPECIALLY THOSE WERE FUNDING WERE PROCURED THROUGH LOANS AND WHICH, IN THE ULTIMATE ANALYSIS, OUR PEOPLE WILL SURELY BURDEN THROUGH INCREASED RATES ON EXISTING TAXES AND THE IMPOSITION OF ENTIRELY NEW TAXES.

    I WILL TURN-OVER CERTAIN DOCUMENTS TO YOUR OFFICE FOR YOUR PERUSAL WITHIN THE WEEK.

  24. CONG.CHONG,
    HA.HA.HA.HA…SEGI AYAW LANG GAD KA LEKSYON SA INYONG BUHAT DIHA SA dpwh..TUO KO NGA BAGA NA GYOD ANG INYONG NAWONG, NGA DILI LANG MO MAMINAW SA INYONG PAGPAPALITI MAN KAHA SA INYONG MGA ekipo sa a&c ent. NGA MAOY GIGAMIT SA IMONG MGA PROYEKTO ….ikaw lang diay kamao mosumbong sa korte cong.?KARON KAY NING AKSYON NA ANG OMBUDSMAN KANIMO… LETS SEE CONG, KUNG MADOTLAN BA KA?LABINA KAY NA HEADLINE KA SA MANTALAAN SA phil.star NGA USA CONGCON…segi gamita gyod na ang imong pagka idolo…

  25. madlangbayan 21,

    Kanang giingon nimo nga 3% of the total bid price nga ideposito sa PBAC, mora man na ug ang giingon nga “bidder’s bond.” Requirement man na sa bidding, ug dili pod na irregular. Pwede pod na bawion dayon sa losing bidders pagkahuman sa bidding. Sanglit dili na nato butangan ug maot nga meaning.

    Bahin sa honorarium sa PBAC members of TWG, mora ug dili pod apil ana sa lista ang taga BAGGAT-CPC kay observer lang gayud ang ilang status – dili member.

    madlangbayan 25,

    Bahin sa pagkiha sa mga kurakot, ang akong suhestiyon ani mao nga ipasa lang ni ngadto sa Coalition Against Corruption (CAC) sa Manila, kay mas daghan sila ug resources ug mga abogado didto ug pod duol sila sa national Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan ug uban pang prosecution agencies.

  26. POST 26-CONG.CHONG,
    AGUY!! TI ELEKSYON NAAY KASONG GIATUBANG ANG INYONG idolo SA ombudsman…KANA KAY NING ORDER NA UG sobpoena duces tecum ANG OMBUSMAN?NAA NA GYOD MAN TINGALI TSANSA NGA MAGHINOLSOL NING INYONG idolo…MAO MAN GYOD NA ANG IYANG ABILIDARA POD SA UNA BEFORE 2007 ELECTION HILIG POD UG TUMOTUMO UG KASO SA MGA EMPLEYADO ingon ni clairwater PAGPAKAARON INGNON LANG DAW SA ELEKSYON ARON INGNOON NGA freedom fighter gyod siya…NGA NAAY GIINGON NGA BAROGANAN,PERO DIAY DILI PANINDIGAN ANG ILANG GISAMPANG KASO…MAO NA ANG TRADEMARK NING INTSIK NA PAMILYA CHONG HILIG LANG LAGI UG PANGHURAT?

  27. Congratulations to the Anti-corruption group! You are so lucky to have Lorna Ferguson as your Treasurer, of course, she’s the best because she’s my cousin. Keep up the good work, ladies and gentlemen. More power to all!

  28. This is a good result for Gov Panlilio who have been diligent and serious in his attitude towards preventing loss of public funds due to corruption.

    Pampanga gov gets anti-corruption award

    By Joel Guinto
    INQUIRER.net
    First Posted 20:19:00 02/12/2009

    Filed Under: Awards and Prizes, Local authorities, Governance, Graft & Corruption

    MANILA, Philippines — Beleaguered Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio received a “Galing Pook” award for his administration’s efforts to stamp out the corruption that has robbed the province of millions of pesos in revenues from quarrying operations.

    Panlilio, who is battling a recall election petition filed by allies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said the recognition was a “vindication.”

    The Catholic priest-on-leave received his award from Arroyo in Malacañang on Thursday. His Biyaya a Luluguran at Sisikapan Committee (Blessings are Treasured and Kept, Balas) is one of 10 “Galing Pook” awardees this year.

    “For them to say that we are incompetent, [that] people [have] lost confidence in me, I feel vindicated,” Panlilio said after the ceremony.

    Panlilio said he was “not bothered at all” by the efforts to push the recall election, and that he was willing to fight it out with his political opponents all the way up to the Supreme Court.

    From P25 million yearly, Panlilio said revenues from quarrying operations over a one-year period shot up to P234 million during his watch.

    “To me, this is very, very sweet. I’m very happy because this is the first time for the province to receive an award, and to receive it after only one year of being governor is sweet, sweet victory,” he said.

    Please click on the link to read the full article.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20090212-188966/Pampanga-gov-gets-anti-corruption-award

  29. weehh!congrats sa mga founder sa anti-corruption sa atong province..aq usa ka youth nga naningkamot nga unta mawala na ang corruption sa atong probinsya kay pra pud intawn mo lambo na kni atong probinsya…Akong g-awhag ang mga members aning BAGGAT-CPC nga magtan-aw ug magbantay2 aron jud mapugngan na ang mga tawo nga corrupt sa atong probinsya…

    aq usab gihangyo uban youth nga mkig-apil2 ani nga klase nga forum kay pra kini sa atong kinabubuwasan…

    i juz pray nga magiging successful ang BAGGAT-CPC..

    GODbless sa tanan ug amping!

  30. KKB Post 29
    yes there is a bidder’s bond but the 3% im referring to is not the bidders bond but the “taripa” the BAC imposes on a winning bidder. Just ask the contractors, no bid is opened if you dont have the 3% for the BAC. That is also different from the amount shared among the contractors if the bid is “luto na.” That’s the reality my friend, corruption is endemic in our system.

  31. KKB
    I agree with you that the BAGGAT_CPC is just an observer, to serve as a deterrent. RA 9184 was created in adherence to the principle of transparency, accountability, equity,efficiency, and economy in its procurement process.

    I admit, corruption will somehow be deterred. Most projects come out substandard because of the various “SOP’s” a supplier or contractor must shell out. Let me give you a breakdown: But this is just approximate figures, example road project in the amount of 1million, 20 % percent goes to whoever gave the funding 200,000 na yan), 3 % goes to BAC (30,000 na pud), 3 % or again 30,000 is shared among the bidders( buyout mao tawag kini, kun 5 ang bidders ang 4 magbahin sa 30,000), 5 % percent to the District Engineer or Director as the case maybe (50,000.00 na pud). The total amount upon awarding sa contract that the supplier shelled out is already P310,000.00. Di pa tapos, naa pa 5 % percent for miscellaneous SOP’s( this includes,hatag sa inspection team during the project implementation, pagpasa sa imo collection, ang Project Engineer sa government side, 50,000 na pud).

    Therefore, the total amount left for the road to be completed is on P640,000.00. That is why a lot of our projects in the country are substandard. So imagine the amount that goes to corruption 36% percent. Gamay palang kana nga project.

    Let me give you the current prevailing SOP’s for projects as far as I know: for horizontal, roads-20%, bridges 10%, any earth moving projects like road opening and farm to market roads- from 20% to 40%, road signs-40 to 50 %, other road projects such as guardrails, painting, cat’s eyes,etc – 40-50%, buildings – 10 to 15 %. Now we go to supplies mao kini an prevailing SOP’s, medicines 40 to 50 %, computers-30 to 40 %, books- 40%. So those are just a few of the examples. Imagine the amount that goes to corruption. This is happening everywhere not only in DPWH but in almost all government agencies. I am not accusing anyone I am just painting for you a picture of how corrupt our system is.

    But as they say, it takes two to tango, the one who offers the money and the other who accepts the money. We are really in dire straits. The global corruption watchdog Transparency International, in its 2006-2007 Corruption Perception Index, the Philippines is ranked 136 ( mas mababa na rank mas corrupt, the least corrupt nation which ranked no.1 is Finland). Our corruption index is 2.5 % from an index of 1-10. 1 meaning strongest perception of corruption and 10 meaning, least perception of corruption, which makes our country to be perceived as really corrupt. Well, that’s it.

    That’s why the creation of the BAGGAT-CPC is timely and relevant.

  32. madlangbayan 35,

    Maayo unta ug mabasahan nang imong gisuwat dinhi sa mga miyembro sa BAGGAT-CPC, para duna na silay magamit nga talaan sa ilang pagka observer.

    Sama sab ni sa pahimatngon ni Budlay 13, nga naghisgot bahin sa pagkapalayapay sa usa ka nahaunang observer sa bidding sa DPWH.

    Suhestiyon lang ning ako sa BAGGAT-CPC. Duhulan ngani sila ug sobre nga dunay sulod nga kuwarta human sa bidding, ipadawat lang ni unya pahimuan ug acknowledgement letter, binutangan sa kantidad nga gihatag, ug ipadala isip registered mail ngadto sa head of agency nga nagbidding copy furnished ang Coalition Against Corruption sa Manila. Unya i turn-over ang kuwarta ngadto sa charity fund, seguro sa Social Action Center.

    Pinaagi sa nadawat nga kuwarta, puwede seguro ma karkulo ang kinatibuk-an nga kantidad alang sa proyekto ug alang sa kurakot, gamit sa talaan nga imong gisuwat.

  33. salamat sa maayo nimong mga hunahuna KKB sama kanimo dili usab ako uyon sa corruption. apan subo palandungon nga ang corruption sa akong panlantaw dili na gyod ma totaly erradicated. medyo ning grabe na nuon dinhe sa atong dapit.

  34. madlangbayan: all your posts

    Your contributions to this blog are highly appreciated. The percentage distribution of commissions paid to the players is very close to the estimates revealed to me by my sources.

    BAGGAT-CPC is one of the pro-active means Biliranons need to support to eliminate loss of public funds due to corruption.

    In addition, I would like to suggest that BAGGAT _CPC avail of the resources available at CAC, which assist in the quantity and quality surveys performed by experts in on-going and completed projects. As a matter of fact, it can appoint qualified surveyors to assess the quality and compliance to technical specifications on projects they have the opportunity to stand on as Observers.

    It is not enough that project pre-implementation procedures are being watched, it is also more important that project implementations be monitored for strict compliance as to the technical specification and quality, including period of completion. BAGGAT-CPC can negotiate to obtain PERT-CPM of the projects to enable them to check the status of the project as scheduled.

    In other words, it is not enough that it eliminates the opportunities for loss of funds at the onset of the project; it also needs to address the issue of huge potential loss of funds during the project implementation.

    Indeed, the progress of Biliran has been impeded by the loss of public funds due to corrupt practices. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That describes one of the tasks of BAGGAT_CPC.

  35. POST 35,
    ANG MAY KABAHIN POD SA KICKBACK SA hauling of surfacing materials? WHAT I KNOW, IS MO RANGE DAW ANG MAWALA NGA PONDO SA GOBERNO UG BETWEEN 60-70%?mao ni ang klaseng projects ANG PINAKA favorites nga pirme pondohan sa dpwh,KAY SULIT GAYOD ANG KITA…MATAN AWAN MAN NA SA SITE PUHON UGALING MAGPA HAULING NAPOD NING OPISINAHA? 30-40% LANG GAYOD ANG MAIDELIVER ANA SA ACTUAL…MAO POD NI ANG ANGAYAN TUTUKAN SA MGA CRUSADER SA ANTI-CORRUPTION…PARA NAKO MAAYO NI NGA INISYATIBO,AS LONG AS WALAY SANTOHON ANI NGA MGA POLITIKO UG OPISINA.

  36. Asa na man to si utip?

    Basaha una nang suhestiyon ni Aquarius 37. Dugay ka na mang agrabyada anang road projects ni Rep. Chong, sugod na mo ug gimok. Sugdi na ug pang latid nang mga bag-ong nasemento na nga mga kalsada sa DPWH kung nakatakdo ba ni sa mga specifications. Unya hatagi ang BAGGAT-CPC, aron ipa verify pod nila sa ilang surveyon nga alayonon para niini.

    Pero way piliay ay? Apila pod pagpanglatid ang mga gipasemento ni Dok Rabbit nga mga mugbo nga barangay roads. Unsa to ang specs niini – one-lane nga 50 meters? Unya mobalor ug P500,000. Dili ko segurado.

    Pila kaha ang bahin ni Dok Rabbit no sa guardrails nga iyang gihangyo sa iyang “lone district of Biliran” nga suwat?

  37. be fair..d magbias hah.kaila bya ko kinsa ning mga tawhana naa ine.
    klaro na chongga constructions..cge isumbong na ombudsman na.
    kung tininuod ne.hahaha

    mga kaparian ayaw mo bias na uy.yaw na paklaro dapig politiko.kamo pud man kinsa kusog datung mao inyo.purya gaba lang.mao man pud na kamatuoran ,dbah.

  38. Budlay 37,

    Morag wa man seguro sa sinulat nga pangandoy ang BAGGAT-CPC ang total eradication sa corruption dinhi sa ato. Kay morag imposible kaayo ni maabot nga katuyuan. Apan ang pagpugong o prevention sa corruption, mora ug praktikal ug achievable ni. Ug maabot na nato ang panahon nga mabulgar ug madokumento gayud ang pangurakot dinhi sa ato, seguro magkinto na ug magtakingking sa pamalakat sa ilang mga posisyon ang mga suspetsado nga kurakot.

    Sanglit ayaw lang una ta kahulop ug kabudlay. Kay sa pagka karon, morag usa ra man ka linya o grupo ang way uwaw ug klaro ug atubangay gayud ang pangurakot. Kung madokumento nang ilang mga buhat (dili lang matsismis), tingali ug mag-alang na pagkawat-atubang ang musunod sa ilang puwesto.

  39. Aquarius and KKB,
    You are absolutely right. We should closely monitor the implementation of projects. Let me show you a study and survey conducted by SWS in 2008 about sincerity in fighting corruption and you will see what agencies in the country are most corrupt. Again this is not my opinion this is a study conducted by SWS:NET SINCERITY IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION, 2008

    VERY GOOD (over+50): Filipino Business Associations
    GOOD (+31 to +50): SSS, DTI, Supreme Court,
    City/Municipal Government
    MODERATE (+11 to +30): DOH, COA, DOF
    MEDIOCRE (-10 to +10): DepEd, AFP, Sandiganbayan,
    Office of the Ombudsman, Trial Courts, Senate, DBM
    POOR (-11 to –30): GSIS, DA, DOJ, PNP, DILG, PAGC,
    DENR, ComElec, DOTC, Office of the President
    BAD (-31 to -50): LTO, PCGG, House of Representatives
    VERY BAD (below –50): BIR, DPWH, BOC

    Corruption is really endemic, its like cholera.

  40. Good Day!

    FUNCTIONS OF BAGGAT-CPC

    The Biliran Advocates for Good Governance and Transparency (BAGGAT) – Corruption Prevention Council (CPC) together with the Diocesan Action Center (DSAC) and the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) will serve as the official graftwatch unit for the entire Province of Biliran and the municipalities in the northern part of Leyte, particularly that which belong to the Diocese of Naval.

    As graftwatch unit in the mentioned territory, BAGGAT-CPC / DSAC / BCBP will –

    •Assist in lifestyle checks conducted on government personnel, particularly in the areas of providing leads and their validation, and in the area of evidence gathering;

    •Assist in ensuring that the procurement of goods by government offices and personnel is efficient, transparent and lawful; and

    •Assist in ensuring that disbursements by LGUs of their IRAs are waste-free, lawful and ones that achieve their objective.

    •Assist in ensuring that the collection of government revenues is transparent and proper.

    •File at will with OMBUDSMAN private and confidential reports about graft and corruption activities observed or talked about in the territory.

    •File at will with OMBUDSMAN private and confidential reports about incidences of bureaucratic inefficiency, red tape, mismanagement and other violations of law observed or talked about in the territory.

    •Recommend to OMBUDSMAN suggestions on how government offices in the territory may improve their services to the public, particularly in the areas of permits, licenses and all manners of clearances.

    •Faithfully follow OMBUDSMAN’s Corruption Prevention Manual.

    •Assist, when called upon by OMBUDSMAN, in filing the proper cases against erring public personnel and their cohort, if any.

    •Provide OMBUDSMAN with reports at least two times a year of how BAGGAT-CPC has exercised its duties hereunder, how the operation of this MOA has impacted the opportunities and environment of corruption, as well as the quality of life of the people, and other relevant information.

  41. BAGGAT-CPC Secretary 44,

    Ingon diay ana kadaghan ug kakuti ang trabaho sa BAGGAT-CPC?

    Na hala, sige kung mao na. Labot lang sa Diocesan Social Action Center, maayo pod nga moapil diay sa kalihukan ang Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. Duna na gayud diay daghang makuhaan ug private ug confidential reports niining hugponga. Maayo ra pod. Good luck na lang sa inyong boluntaryo trabaho.

  42. Greed equals corruption equals bankruptcy

    VIEWPOINTS by Archbishop Oscar V Cruz 02/22/2009

    “Greed is a voracious vice of material pursuit that knows neither what is enough nor when to stop getting and keeping. This is why greed foments corruption which is synonymous to dishonest practices, fraudulent dealings, not to mention depravity and perversion in money matters. Corruption in turn in business endeavors and industrial enterprises — if unchecked and uncorrected — eventually lead to the latter’s bankruptcy. This is neither a profound truth nor a rare reality.”

    Please click on the link below to read the full article:

    http://www.tribune.net.ph/commentary/20090222com5.html

  43. the best way Anti-corruption group formed in Biliran is to reach out and educate the students about anti-corruptions.

    There are many forms of corruption. and the very first form and common started from ourselves.

    Im challenging this group to educate children on anti-corruption. Because if you educate them at their very young age probably 90% will have integrity when they grow old.

    If you teach this to the middle-age, hummm… I’m sure your actions will fail,. because it’s already there in their heart and in mind.

    PLEASE EDUCATE our Children..and GOD Bless You All…

  44. Can we have regular official update, if not too much of an ask, from this movement how they are doing? This topic now looks like
    in the state of oblivion.

    Though we should appreciate both efforts from JDR and GC to fight corruptions, the initiative from this independent group should
    be a “welcome-other-option”.

    Let us all hope the enthusiasm for reform hasn’t fizzled out that early from this group.

  45. Jalmz

    Thank you for the photos and videos featuring Deputy Ombudsman Apostol and the participants of the forum organized by BAGGAT_CPC.

  46. BAGGAT-CPC

    CONGRATULATIONS !!

    This is an important event for Biliran, and I hope, that this will usher in the needed reforms to promote good governance and transparency, that will hopefully eliminate if not reduce graft and corruption in the government.

    In saying that, Biliranons need to support all of you, well-meaning volunteers who are offering your time and effort to create an environment where good governance becomes the norm among our public officials and employees; and transparency a must in managing and disbursing our scarce public funds.

    We salute you and God Bless Biliran.

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