Duties and functions

Housing department forms anti-corruption committee

The secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, Eduardo del Rosario (left) with some members of the Anti-Corruption Committee (Photo courtesy of DHSUD Facebook)

MANILA – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has set up an Anti-Corruption Committee to ensure the integrity of the services provided to the housing sector.

In a statement Sunday, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said the committee was part of DHSUD’s commitment to provide sustainable projects for all.

He said the committee would serve as a place of control and balancing of policies, programs and operations.

“Ensuring total integrity among us, our backbone of honesty, while cultivating service excellence,” he said.

Under Executive Decree No.43 issued in 2017, all executive power agencies are required to form anti-corruption committees.

Over the weekend, DHSUD appointed committee members to the committee, coinciding with the highlight of National Refuge Month.

“Let me also take this opportunity to thank the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) headed by President Greco Belgica for uplifting the pride and dignity of the men and women of the bureaucracy through its harsh and logical campaigns on good and clean governance, ”del Rosario said in his speech.

Under Secretary Marylin Pintor stressed the importance of lobbying for anti-corruption policies, compliance practices and enforcement trends within the department.

“As corruption is very secretive, it is one of the most difficult crimes to investigate. We cannot allow such a despicable act to seep into this institution, which we have all carefully kept clean and transparent, ”she said.

Deputy Secretary Avelino Tolentino III, responsible for leading the committee, said its main objective was to ensure that “integrity and honesty” are maintained at all times in the housing sector.

“In all honesty, we can perform many functions of each anti-corruption committee, but this comes down to promoting a high level of ethics in public service and that public officials and employees are at all times accountable to the people and perform their duties with the utmost responsibility, integrity, competence and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead a modest life and defend the public interest above the personal interest, ”said Tolentino.

Committee panel members include Director of Legal Services Michael Tezon; director of the administrative department Alvin Claridades; Head of Knowledge Management and Information Systems Service and Director Nova Teresa Asor; and the director of the internal audit service Stefan Ema Mae Corregidor.

They will be joined by a resident PACC assessor and a stakeholder representative. (ANP)