GCG LAUNCHES GOCC WHISTLEBLOWING POLICY SYSTEM
The rising crusade against corrupt government officials and employees got another boost today with the launching of a whistleblowing system against corrupt officials and workers within Government –Owned-or-Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).
In a short ceremony, the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) officially launched a new memorandum circular that allows the forwarding of information on any wrongdoing in the GOCC sector.
Anchored on Memorandum Circular No. 2014-04, or the “Whistleblowing Policy on the GOCC Sector,” which GCG issued on May 30, 2014, the whistleblowing system provides an ideal avenue for any potential whistleblower to report corruption in any GOCC, or other misdeeds committed by GOCC officials or employees. The system allows the submission of information either openly or anonymously.
The GCG whistleblowing system will provide potential whistleblowers easy access to GCG communication lines as well as various reporting channels, such as the GCG website, confidential meetings with authorized GCG officers, email, mail, short messaging system, telephone, and fax. A committee comprised of GCG officers and lawyers will be set up to handle and process whistleblowers’ information. The system also allows the GCG to assist whistleblowers from retaliatory actions for the information they provided.
By encouraging citizens to come forward and provide information, the whistleblowing system provides the GCG with another arsenal in its campaign to institute transparency and good governance in the GOCC sector. Aside from the traditional judicial institutions, Filipinos now have an additional venue for reporting misdeeds among GOCC directors, officers, employees, consultants or contractors whether these are corrupt practices, unethical acts, deeds that go against good government principles, or those that promote unsound public corporate practices.
The Whistleblowing Policy is only the latest a string of good governance and regulatory policies created by the GCG since it was conceived in 2011 as the central advisory body that monitors and oversees the public corporate sector.
In keeping with its role as model and beacon of good governance in the corporate sector, the Whistleblowing Policy will also apply to the chairman, commissioners, officers and employees, of the GCG.
Whistleblowing Reporting Channels
GCG Website: http://www.gcg.gov.ph/
Face-to-face meetings: authorized GCG officers
Mail: 3/F Citibank Center 8741 Paseo De Roxas, Makati City, Philippines 1226
Telephone: (632) 328-2030 to 33
Fax: (632) 328-2030 to 33
Bea Nadine V. Barte
(02) 328 – 2030 to 34