Whistleblowing system vs GOCC corrupt officials launched

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Friday, June 6, 2014

THE Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) on Friday launched a whistleblowing system against corrupt officials and workers within Government-Owned-or-Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

Anchored on Memorandum Circular No. 2014-04, or the "Whistleblowing Policy on the GOCC Sector," which GCG issued on May 30, 2014, the whistleblowing system provides an ideal avenue for any potential whistleblower to report corruption in any GOCC, or other misdeeds committed by GOCC officials or employees, the agency said in a statement.

"The system allows the submission of information either openly or anonymously," the GCG said.

The GCG whistleblowing system will provide potential whistleblowers easy access to GCG communication lines as well as various reporting channels, such as the GCG website, confidential meetings with authorized GCG officers, email, mail, short messaging system, telephone, and fax.

A committee comprised of GCG officers and lawyers will be set up to handle and process whistleblowers' information.

The system also allows the GCG to assist whistleblowers from retaliatory actions for the information they provided.

"Aside from the traditional judicial institutions, Filipinos now have an additional venue for reporting misdeeds among GOCC directors, officers, employees, consultants or contractors whether these are corrupt practices, unethical acts, deeds that go against good government principles, or those that promote unsound public corporate practices," GCG said.

The Whistleblowing Policy is only the latest of a string of good governance and regulatory policies created by the GCG since it was conceived in 2011 as the central advisory body that monitors and oversees the public corporate sector.

GCG said the Whistleblowing Policy will also apply to the chairman, commissioners, officers and employees of the agency. (SDR/Sunnex)

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