A group of reform-minded citizens over the weekend called on President Aquino to certify as urgent the freedom of information (FOI) bill and the proposed Budget Impoundment Control Act (Bica) in a sincere effort to protect the proposed P2.6-trillion national budget from graft and corruption.
By Gil C. Cabacungan
President Aquino indicated Friday he would support Congress’ plan to introduce a new wave of reforms in the power sector amid charges of collusion among industry players to push up electricity rates.
The reorganized Bureau of Customs has lined up more than a dozen reform initiatives to carried out in the next 12 months to improve revenue collection as well as drastically reduce, if not totally eliminate, corruption in the Department of Finance-attached agency.
Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla will put in place far more aggressive reforms between now and the middle of next year to stamp out corruption in the agency and to institute a “far higher degree of transparency than ever possible before.”
By Christian V. Esguerra
Admitting that smuggling is “no small-time problem,” Malacañang on Tuesday outlined the government’s efforts to deal with it through “systemic reforms.”