Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered key personnel of the agency, especially those involved in project management and procurement, to submit their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) .
Tugade’s order came after President Rodrigo Duterte directed the Department of Justice last October to lead a task force that will investigate graft and corruption across all government agencies.
“Makikiisa kami d’yan sa mega task force. Nag-meeting na kami (at susundin namin ang) requirement ng PACC (Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission) para sa ganon, maipakita na kaisa kami dun sa pagwalis at pag-address ng corruption sa gobyerno (We will support the mega task force. We already had a meeting and agreed to comply with the requirement asked for by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission so we can show that we are cooperating with the government in addressing and eradicating corruption),” Tugade said through the agency’s website.
Tugade has already formed a group that will gather and review all the SALNs of the past and present agency officials, including his own.
His order included a comparison of the SALN submissions for the past three years to check any substantial changes in their net worth during the said periods.
Meanwhile, Secretary Tugade said he is glad that the DOTr is not included in the five agencies that the President had identified as among the most problematic agencies in the country.
Tugade has implemented anti-corruption policies and measures since 2016. One of such measures is the live-streaming of the agency’s bidding process for transparency purposes.
He has forbidden meetings between agency personnel and the contractors during the conduct of the bidding process to prevent bribery and undue influence.
The “No Gift Policy” is strictly implemented within the agency since Tugade’s appointment. However, electronic greetings are allowed in lieu of physical greeting cards that may be used to for money inserts as bribes.
PHOTO courtesy of DOTR