DAR creates Anti-Corruption Task Force

news national 1 pix one january 11 2019The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently created an anti-corruption task force in support of the initiatives of President Rodrigo Duterte to combat corruption in government.

Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones directed the DAR Anti-Corruption Task Force to conduct thorough investigations into information received by the department. 

He said there have been intelligence reports of persons and organizations claiming connections and influence in the resolution of cases and applications pending with the DAR. These unscrupulous groups and individuals then demand monetary compensation in exchange for their services.

“The task force will conduct the necessary investigation so that it can weed out erring personnel and those outside the department involved in unlawful transactions,” Castriciones said.

Castriciones also enjoined DAR employees to cooperate in this drive against corruption.

“Alam naman po natin na ang ating Pangulo ay mahigpit ang kanyang pagpapatupad ng batas at ayaw niyang ang kanyang administrasyon ay magkaroon ng bahid tungkol sa korapsiyon kaya ako ay nakikiusap at humihingi ng kooperasyon sa ating mga empleyado at mga opisyal sa departamento na tayo ay magtulong-tulong,” Castriciones said.

“Gawin po natin ang ating tungkulin nang naaayon sa batas at huwag po tayong gagawa ng mga bagay na labag sa batas at hindi kaaya-aya sa mga alituntunin ng ating administrasyon upang maiwasan po natin ang mga sigalot at mga korapsiyon na siyang nagiging ugat ng mabagal na serbisyo sa ating mga mamamayan,” he added.

Heading the DAR Anti-Corruption Task Force is the agency’s director for internal audit, Director Alexander Alimmudin J. Ali. Meanwhile, the Internal Audit Division shall serve as the Secretariat of the task force.

Director Ali said the task force shall accept and evaluate all complaints regardless of their source. This includes anonymous and confidential sources.

He also encouraged farmer-beneficiaries of DAR to report suspicious dealings by any representative of the agency.

“Sa mga kliyente ng DAR, lalo na ang mga magsasaka, huwag po kayong mag-atubiling magsumbong kung may napapansin kayong katiwalian na ginagawa ng mga opisyal o empleyado ng aming tanggapan,” Ali said.

“Maaari ninyong iparating sa amin ni Secretary John R. Castriciones o sa social media accounts ng DAR ang inyong sumbong,” he added.

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