‘You have to help us help you’: CSC calls on state employees to report illegal, corrupt activities in gov’t

Published July 1, 2021, 10:02 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) urged Thursday, July 1, government employees to report illegal and corrupt activities committed by their fellow workers.

Civil Service Commission (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

CSC Commissioner Aileen Lourdes Lizada made this call, as she announced that the more or less 1.8 million government employees can report directly their anonymous complaints to her and to the Commission.

“Sa lahat ng kawani ng gobyerno , mataas na po ang sweldo natin at kung may nalalaman po kayo sabihin nyo po ako , sabihin nyo po kami. Kung gusto nyo po talagang detalyado ito po ang aking official email address, [email protected] opisina ko po ang makakatanggap nyan, so we can help you, so you have to help us help you (To all government employees, our salary is already high, and if you know anything, tell me,tell us. If you really want to send detailed report, this is my official email address, [email protected] My office will attend to it, so we can help you so you have to help us),” she said in an interview over TeleRadyo on Thursday.

She said the Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB) is receiving requests for assistance, complaints, commendation, inquiries and other feedback on government services.

A feedback mechanism, CCB was established by the CSC and the Information and Communications Technology Office-National Computer Center (ICTO-NCC) to support the implementation of Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007.

“Puwedeng i-text ang mga reklamo sa 09088816565 at kung may mga video kayo or kung gusto nyo pang detalyado pa, puwede nyong i-email sa amin, [email protected] (You can send your complaints through text at 09088816565 and if you have videos or if you want send more details, you can email us, [email protected]),” Lizada said.

She laments that the government employees chose to remain silent and fail to come out in the open and testify against corrupt practices in the government because they fear that their bosses will retaliate against them.

“Karamihan po may nagsasabing may mga korap, korap, but the problem here is may mga allegations, ang problema hindi sila lumalabas, natatakot , natatakot sila kasi ang kabangga nila ay boss nila. So that is when medyo mahirap po na hindi nag-cocooperate. ((Most people say there are corrupt, corrupt, but the problem here is there are allegations, the problem is they don’t come out, they are afraid, they are afraid because they are up against their boss. So that is when it’s a bit difficult, they are not cooperating),” the CSC official said.

“Kaya yung sinasabi natin parati sa mga kawani ng gobyerno, yung lahat ng nakikinig ngayon, magbago na ho tayo, mataas na ho ang sweldo natin. Hindi na natin kailangan dagdagan pa by extorting or getting money from private sector (So what we always say to government employees, everyone who is listening now, let’s change, our salaries are high. We no longer need to augment it by extorting or getting money from the private sector),” she added.

Lizada also took the opportunity to call on the private sector not to not offer bribes to the government employees.

“Hindi magiging korap ang kawani ng gobyerno kung hindi kayo mag-ooffer o magbibigay so it somehow works both ways as well. But, I’m sure mayroong ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na talagang entrenched, parang part ng sistema or kung hindi ka sasama, you are going against the flow (A government employee will not be corrupt if you do not offer or give so it somehow works both ways as well. But, I’m sure there are other government agencies [where corruption is] really entrenched, it’s like part of the system or if you don’t join, you are going against the flow),” she said.