WHISTLEBLOWING WEB PORTAL FOR GOCCs LAUNCHED
The Governance Commission for GOCCs launched the GCG Whistleblowing Web Portal (www.whistleblowing.gcg.gov.ph) in an effort to provide a more accessible, reliable, and efficient channel for submitting red flags in the GOCC Sector. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon served as keynote speaker during the launch, and expressed his support towards good governance initiatives in the public sector.
The Whistleblowing Web Portal serves as an online, user-friendly, and secure platform for concerned individuals, whether from the GOCC Sector or the general public, to report to GCG perceived anomalies in the GOCC Sector. It will serve as the primary reporting channel, in addition to e-mail, postal mail, and telephone. It is GCG’s latest anti-corruption reform, intended to complement its other transparency and accountability programs, such as mandatory disclosures on the GOCC’s website and the adoption of No Gift Policies by GOCCs. The GCG hopes to encourage GOCC employees and the public to take part in strengthening integrity in the GOCC Sector.
The Governance Commission has prioritized maintaining whistleblower anonymity since the launch of GCG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-04, the Whistleblowing Policy for the GOCC Sector, in 2014. By design, the website does not require any personal information of the whistleblower to be submitted to GCG.
The website also allows whistleblowers to access the status of their report through a generated Whistleblowing ID. This Whistleblowing ID allows whistleblowers access to the status of their reports, and enables them to provide additional information.
Only authorized GCG officers are granted access to the reports, and each and every report received is treated with utmost consideration and confidentiality. Once an investigation is concluded, the Governance Commission may endorse to the appropriate government agency, such as the Office of the Ombudsman, the pursuit of criminal and/or administrative processes against the person/s complained of; or recommend to the President or to the Governing Board the removal of the concerned Appointive Directors, or officers, respectively, as the case may be. The Governance Commission may also enjoin the concerned GOCC/s to comply with applicable laws or jurisprudence, or undertake corrective measures to address the matters raised in the report.
Reports on irregularities within the Governance Commission may also be submitted to the Whistleblowing Web Portal.
Bea Nadine V. Barte
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