Malacañang unveils 4-year "anti-corruption plan," national payroll system proposed

Interaksyon.com reports that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has approved "a four-year anti-corruption plan that includes a proposal for a national payroll system."

Interaksyon.com reports that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has approved "a four-year anti-corruption plan that includes a proposal for a national payroll system."

According to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad, "the action plan will focus on transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement."

As such, as the report noted, this year, the government will move toward "a national payroll system to be piloted in the departments of budget and finance, and the Commission on Audit." Abad added:  "Other agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police will also adopt the national payroll system within the year."

 

Ultimately, Abad disclosed, "the Aquino administration also wants all 24 government departments to comply with budgetary disclosure requirements." The report pointed out that last year, "only five departments published the required information on their budgets." Abad likewise reiterated that "the president also wants all local government units to move towards full disclosure of their budgets."

 

The report also said that the government will "roll out cashless purchase cards to be piloted in the DBM and the AFP to avoid conversions and to ensure automatic liquidation." The Philippine Government E-Procurement System "will also be expanded to include e-bidding functions to move away from the present use of bulletin boards for bid notices and awards." Moreoever, the E-Transparency and Accountability Initiative "will include lump sum funds for projects such as school buildings, as well as for internal revenue allocation."

Last but not least, Abad said the Official Gazette website "will also be converted into a one-stop source of information and service delivery."

 

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