Government adopts new payroll plan

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012


THE Philippine government will adopt a national payroll system within the year covering the departments of Education, Public Works and Highways, Budget, Finance, the Armed Forces, and the National Police.

Announced by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Tuesday, the move is part of the Good Governance and Anti-corruption (GGAC) plan, intended to simplify and integrate the government's database to further improve efforts against graft and corruption.

Under the plan, which also aims to ensure transparency in government transactions, all government agencies are also required to disclose their budget information, Abad said.

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The government is also expanding the operations of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System to further promote transparency.

Abad added the President also wants all local government units to disclose their budgets.

The GGAC pursues three initiatives such as transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said after emerging from a Cabinet cluster meeting in Malacanang.

"The proposal was approved without objection," Abad said, adding it was discussed for two hours.

"Pursuing transparency, accountability and citizens engagements requires us to also look into the necessary legislation and policy that need to be reviewed and strengthened. And then promote the digitization and innovations in governments operations. And finally, undertake an aggressive advocacy and communication campaign,” he said.

As a punitive action, the government will work for speedy resolution of different cases, particularly those about graft and corruption. It targets to improve the annual case resolution rate of the Department of Justice (DOJ) from its present level to about 85 percent.

The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (Rips) output will also be increased, the Budget chief said, adding the government is also strengthening its single portal for government information.

The government also expects the business and economic environment to improve once the measure is in place.

For his part, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the components of the cluster plan address problems of graft and corruption by timely analysis and reporting of government data.

“It also aims to harness a stable society as a partner in these efforts for better and detailed explanations,” he said. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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