The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was recognized by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) with a Bronze Excellence Award for its outstanding performance in complying with the commission’s anti-corruption program, “Project Kasangga: Aksyon Kontra Korapsyon.”

The Bronze Excellence Award was presented to the DENR during its flag-raising ceremony at the Central Office in Quezon City on March 14.

The DENR was given recognition for its continuing efforts in strengthening its anti-corruption systems and processes in support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign on good governance and public accountability, as reflected by its accomplishments as a partner agency of the PACC under Project Kasangga.

Project Kasangga: Aksyon Kontra Korapsyon is a holistic approach to fighting corruption that was launched by PACC on Sept. 3, 2021.

The program supports President Duterte’s firm commitment to fight corruption by institutionalizing anti-corruption coordinating councils within government agencies and at the national level chaired by the President.

Under the program, the councils are tasked to investigate cases of graft and corruption, conduct lifestyle checks, and lead fact-finding inquiries among its ranks.

The Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) Excellence awardees were chosen based on their submitted deliverables from the PACC; active and relevant participation in NACCC activities; provision of a list of awards/citations received from Jan.-Dec. 2021 with a significant impact on good governance; and their favorable public perception--all of which were fully complied by the representatives of DENR.

DENR launched its own Anti-Corruption Coordinating Council (ACCC), named the Committee on Anti-Corruption (CAC), on Sept. 9, 2021. A seminar on anti-corruption was also held on the same day.

It was attended by 424 officials and employees with DENR undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, regional executive directors and assistant regional directors, bureau directors, heads of attached agencies, and provincial and community environment and natural resources officers.

During its launch, the members of the DENR Central Office CAC and the DENR Regional CACs discussed the improved anti-corruption processes in accordance with the requirements of the PACC, and in harmony with the existing processes of the department. ###