Anti-graft campaign brings Vietnamese officials to Cebu

THE Cebu Provincial Capitol welcomed yesterday seven Vietnamese delegates in an effort to strengthen ties in the fight against corruption.

Representatives of the Vietnamese Inspectorate (equivalent to the Office of the Ombudsman) made a courtesy call on Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Phillip Camiguing of the Ombudsman Visayas said in an interview that the event is an exchange program as part of anti-corruption efforts of the two Southeast Asian countries.

A ceremonial turnover of the key to the province of Cebu highlighted the program at the Capitol Social Hall.

In his speech, Davide said that both countries are aware of “how corruption wastes our precious scarce resources, which would have benefited the people and communities.”

u201cWe share your concern and wish to cooperate as countries in our common goal to stop corruption,” Davide told the delegates with the help of an interpreter.

u201cCorruption, in the modern setting, is not just about stealing or padding the price of government contracts, it affects health care, how we take care of our environment and how we nurture our culture,” he added.

Davide said that good governance is the primary answer to corruption, followed by transparency, responsiveness, participation and inclusiveness, effectiveness and efficiency and accountability of government officials.

During the program, Capitol officials gave delegates a taste of Cebu through performances of Cebuano songs and dances.

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