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iPro......A brief description and information about the project

Integrity  is telling myself the truth.  

Honesty  is telling the truth to others

 

Honor is what others think about us. Integrity is what we ourselves think about our own character.

Honor is a reflection of what we look like to others.  Integrity is what we see when we look at ourselves.

Honor is earned by what we do when others see us and know what we have done.  Integrity is defined by what we do where no one can see us or find out what we have done.

      The importance of both is defined by our conscience.

            A person is not given integrity.

                      It results from the relentless pursuit of 

honesty  at all times  

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iPro   The Philippines Integrity Project

Executed by the Management Systems International(MSI)

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development

 

I.      USAID’s Anti-Corruption Strategy in the Philippines

 

Assisting the Philippine Government in governing justly and democratically is one of USAID’s major objectives.  In the Philippines, USAID supports a broad range of democracy and governance programs at the national level and local levels. It funds programs in the  areas of electoral reform, judicial reform and the rule of law, anticorruption, local governance, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-trafficking.

 

In the area of anti-corruption, it works with the Philippine government to make corruption a high-risk, low-reward activity and focuses in sectors where corruption can be most damaging: taxes and customs administration, elections, government procurement, and the judiciary. In November 2006 to May 2009, through the Management Systems International (MSI), a Washington, DC based consultancy firm and a subsidiary of Coffey International, Ltd. of Australia, USAID supported the implementation of the $21 million Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Philippines Threshold Program. The program assisted the Philippine government in reducing opportunities for corruption and improving revenue administration through substantial training, research and equipment support to the Office of the Ombudsman and other anticorruption agencies to enhance their capability in investigating and prosecuting corruption.

 

Effective anticorruption enforcement, however, requires enhancements beyond capacity-building. Anti-corruption agencies need a system for the transparent monitoring of corruption cases, from investigation to trial. Institutional cooperation among accountability agencies must be harnessed and sustained for better detection of corruption and improvement of public sector systems. Corruption prevention standards at the national level need to be cascaded to local governments. In October 2009, USAID and MSI launched the two-year Philippines Integrity Project to assist in overcoming these challenges.

 

 

II.         Philippines Integrity Project

 

The USAID-funded Philippines Integrity Project (iPro) is a two-year project administered by MSI.  It started in October 2009 and will conclude in September 2011. It builds on the work done by MSI on the MCA Philippines Threshold Program and supports the process of reducing corruption by seeking synergies between Government of the Republic of the Philippines agencies and civil society at all levels.

 

The project addresses corruption through the following inter-related components:

 

Component 1: Strengthening the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB)

 

iPro assists the OMB in reviewing and improving its case management processes in support of the agency’s efforts to build better case records and information management capabilities. The Project expects to produce a comprehensive business process enhancement manual of procedures that will serve as guide for OMB in implementing process improvements across the agency. 

 

In addition, iPro is also developing an electronic Legal Information Archive to include past OMB and Sandiganbayan decisions that will serve as reference to the agency’s graft investigators.

 

 

Component 2: Supporting Effective Prosecution of Corruption Cases in the Lower Courts

 

iPro encourages the OMB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to build an effective system for the successful prosecution of lower court corruption cases nationwide. iPro supports the completion and maintenance of an accurate database of cases to use as a tool for sound caseload management. The development of a guidebook for civil society-based court watch programs complements these efforts by seeking to assist in making the lower courts more efficient in handling corruption cases.

 

Component 3: Building institutional cooperation to reduce corruption

 

To be successful in the fight against corruption, initiatives by concerned agencies must be done cooperatively. iPro provides specific targeted support in strengthening the capabilities of and cooperation between the members of the Constitutional Integrity Group (CIG), composed of the OMB, Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Commission on Audit (COA).  This support focuses on the provision of technical assistance to the CIG policy and working committees, particularly in the use of forensic audits and criminal investigations in the prosecution of public officials for graft and corruption and asset recovery through joint training of auditors, investigators and prosecutors, followed by joint investigation, especially of high profile corruption cases. It also includes a program of lectures, seminars, forums, etc., the maintenance of a website, IntegriNews,  www.integridad-ph.com , and other activities related to mobilizing all sectors in the fight against corruption

  

 

Component 4: Carrying corruption vulnerability self-assessments to the local government units (LGUs)

 

In 2003, with the USAID supported Economic Governance Technical Assistance (EGTA) project developed the Integrity Development Review (IDR) to enable a public sector agency to conduct a self-assessment on the extent to which systems, processes and practices are vulnerable to corruption. Applied to national agencies, the process has proven itself to be a valuable tool for examining corruption vulnerabilities within national government agencies and for developing solutions to reduce those vulnerabilities. iPro supports adapting and delivering the IDR process to the local level developing the IDR assessment tool and by engaging Local Government Units (LGUs) in the pilot process of guided self-assessment, thus assuring “ownership” of the initiatives. The assessment tool is being piloted on 14 LGUs.

 

Complementing this activity is the conduct of a pilot LGU peer mentoring program which aims to support robust LGUs mentor and train other LGUs in addressing local governance challenges, specifically economic enterprise management. To effectively implement these activities, iPro encourages the continued participation of applicable local and regional leagues to reinforce the strengthening of good governance in the LGUs.

 

III.       iPro Ongoing Activities and Plans for the Final Year

 

Following the completion of a number of activities and based on the requests arising from the meetings and workshops held with project counterparts, the following new activities/approaches are being supported in the final year of iPro. The majority of the new activities will focus on expanding the scope of Component 3 in support of the Constitutional Integrity Group.

 

 

Component 1: Strengthening the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB)

 

       Completion of the business process enhancement requirements of OMB, with the development of the Manual of Procedures (MoP). Part of the MoP is the enhanced evidence security procedures that follow best practices.

       Completion of the CD-based electronic reference facility OMB Legal Information Archive, containing more than 30,000 pages of OMB issuances, OMB legal opinions, and SandiganBayan decisions for use as reference exclusively within OMB.

       Development of a Change Management and Training Plan that will guide OMB in implementing the proposed process enhancements contained in the MoP.

       Provision of essential systems design inputs to the complaints and case management system currently being developed by OMB.

       Completion of the Information Technology Assessment Study to determine current status of OMB’s IT capabilities, and to identify for OMB areas that require further improvement.

 

 

Component 2: Supporting Effective Prosecution of Corruption Cases in the Lower Courts

 

       Preparing and disseminating a guide for the evaluation and assessment of the operations of the courts that may be utilized by NGOs, professional legal organizations, civic societies, law students and others in seeking to make the justice system more effective.

 

  

Component 3: Building institutional cooperation to reduce corruption. 

 

       Conduct of the following trainings and conferences:

o   COA and CSC trainings on corruption investigation which is expected to provide COA and CSC personnel with information on relevant anticorruption laws and policies and procedures of the OMB functions from field investigation to prosecution.

o   Forensic audit trainings for CIG members by an international expert.

o   Anticorruption conferences on various governance and anticorruption themes to boost CIG efforts in the anticorruption drive.

o   Trainings on detecting and prosecuting unliquidated cash advances. 

o   OMB-COA joint plenary and development, adoption and implementation of guidelines on joint memorandum-circulars on joint investigation and case records management system.

o   CSC National Forum on Ethics and Accountability which aims to assist the President of the Philippines in issuing an Executive Order directing all public entities to observe ethical and accountability standards in public service.

o   High-level meetings and workshops with various sectors that will spur anticorruption awareness in the Philippines.

o   Strategic planning workshop and launching of COA’s governance program.

       Participation of CIG members in international anticorruption conferences.

       Development of a database of COA cases forwarded to the OMB.

       Procurement of secure filing cabinets to ensure records-keeping of OMB-COA documents.

       Sponsorship of an anticorruption website.

       Development of a joint guidebook on handling audit-related corruption cases.

       Conduct of a study on the progress of Philippine anticorruption efforts.

 

 

Component 4: Carrying corruption vulnerability self-assessments to the local government units

 

       Completion of the refinement of the IDR Assessment Tool to adapt to LGUs, done with OMB and DILG experts.

       Completion of the pilot run of the IDR Assessment exercises at 14 LGUs across the country. The LGUs pilot sites include a mix of provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays. The IDR Assessment Tool will then be finalized based on post-assessment review and evaluation.

       Development of an Integrity Development Action Plan for LGUs

       Conduct of a peer mentoring program focused on addressing economic enterprise challenges in at least four LGUs.

       Collaboration and execution of a MOU between the OMB and the Department of the Interior and Local Government on integrity-building in LGUs. 

April, 2011

MSI's Experience in Fighting Corruption Worldwide

   WBI INTERVIEWS PRESIDENT OF MSI
An interview was conducted in June, 2010 during a learning event jointly organized by the World Bank Institute’s Governance Practice and CommGAP entitled “The Political Economy of Reform: Moving from Analysis to Action.”  Featured in the video is Larry Cooley, president of Management Systems International, a firm that manages and implements development projects globally.  From years of experience working on governance reforms in various countries, Cooley stresses the centrality of public opinion in bringing about successful and sustainable change:

For me the ultimate test on these change strategies is the legitimacy that they enjoy with the population, locally.  And I think in most countries the days have gone when some narrow set of technical experts could simply decide something and expect the rest of the world to implement it… I think that puts the burden on people who would see themselves as technical experts to translate whatever it is they know into a language that can be generally understood.  If they can’t do that, they’re unlikely to sway public opinion and, frankly, from my point of view, they shouldn’t be swaying public opinion… (which is) the ultimate test.”

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Ehem -- the anti-corruption initiative of the Philippine Jesuits echoes the urgent call for cultural reform against corruption in the Philippines.
Ehem aims at bringing people to a renewed sensitivity to the evil of corruption and its prevalence in ordinary life. It seeks ultimately to make them more intensely aware of their own vulnerability to corruption, their own uncritiqued, often unwitting practice of corruption in daily life.
Ehem hopes to bring people, in the end, to a commitment to live the way of Ehemplo --- critical of corruption, intent on integrity!
 
Management Association of the Philippines 
MAP is a management organization committed to promoting management excellence. The members of the MAP represent a cross-section of CEOs, COOs and other top executives from the top local and multinational companies operating in the country, including some top officials of government and the academe.

iPro supports the process of reducing corruption by seeking synergies between Government of the Republic of the Philippines agencies and civil society at all levels.

 
 
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