MANILA - National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) lead convenor Liza Maza on Tuesday said she wants an audit of the agency.
According to Maza, this is just one of her plans for NAPC along with institutionalizing transparency and zero corruption policy in the agency.
"Hindi pwede yung ahensya mo eh nagko-contribute sa pagpapalala pa ng kahirapan, di ba? So, of course kailangan, dahil papasok ako, kailangan din may audit. I want a fresh start, Ire-review ko ‘yung mga programa na in place," Maza told ANC's “Beyond Politics.”
Back in 2012, leftist groups questioned NAPC's hiring of consultants. Based on the Commission on Audit (COA)'s report for calendar year 2011, NAPC hired 81 personnel under contract of service and 19 consultants. That same COA report said NAPC could have saved nearly P900,000 paid to documentors, researchers, transcribers and facilitators if it maximized the skills and qualifications of its contractual employees.
Maza said she will look into the agency's programs first before determining the number of consultants she should hire, though it's unlikely she will hire as many as her predecessor Joel Rocamora did.
"I've been also executive director of several organizations, NGOs. Gusto ko lagi lean and mean ang staff ko," Maza said.
Meanwhile, Maza welcomes the first executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte, which mandates 12 national government agencies to develop programs and projects to reduce poverty, improve lives of vulnerable sectors, promote social education and listen to people's feedback.
"I think that's a very good move," Maza said. "And I think also that it was made that way in order to supervise more efficiently and effectively these different government agencies that are supposed to address poverty and the needs of the people - yung housing yan, tapos mga basic needs nila na mga mahihirap."
"Magandang pagpapahiwatig yun that you are listening, that you want to put your house in order so that your machinery are right there on the ground," she added.
The agencies covered by the reorganization under Executive Order No. 1 are NAPC, the Cooperative Development Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, National Food Authority, National Youth Commission, Office of the President-Presidential Action Center, Philippine Commission on Women, Philippine Cocounut Authority, Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor, and Technical Education Skills Development Authority.