Vowing to “lead by example in the fight against corruption and to conduct its affairs ethically and with utmost integrity,” the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has issued a Resolution adopting an “Integrity Pledge: A commitment to ethical business practices and good corporate governance for all employees of the COMELEC.”
“The COMELEC believes that corruption undermines the democratic processes; impedes social, political and economic growth, and erodes the moral fiber of our society,” the COMELEC en banc ruled in Resolution 9268, promulgated August 3, 2011. “It realizes that the government’s fight to prevent corruption will only succeed with the support of all stakeholders by cultivating a culture of transparency, accountability and integrity essential for creating an enabling environment and sustainability in governance,” it further stated.
The COMELEC then pledged and committed to combat and prohibit graft in any form and to ensure transparency by implementing strict guidelines on the receiving and giving of gifts. It also vowed to uphold, monitor and ensure the implementation of R.A. No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees). The COMELEC also pledged to reduce red tape in the office by the continuous simplification of processes to expedite transactions, among others.
The Integrity Pledge is spearheaded by the Makati Business Club, the European Chamber of Commerce and the Management Association of the Philippines. Several government agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ) have committed to the Integrity Pledge. ###COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. hands over the COMELEC’s Integrity Pledge to Makati Business Club (MBC) Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr on August 12, 2011. Also present in the photo are representatives of the MBC and the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP) and COMELEC Commissioners Lucenito Tagle, Christian Robert Lim and Augusto Lagman.