MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman said government officials should now file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth in digital format, aside from submitting hard copies.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has signed a memorandum circular which took effect last September 27, directing all heads of departments, bureaus, offices and agencies of the national and local governments, government-owned and controlled corporations and their subsidiaries and all other concerned offices, to submit all original hard copies of the SALNs of officials and employees together with the corresponding electronic copies on or before June 30 of every year.
The Office of the Ombudsman said the electronic copy must be in PDF format and individually saved per declarant in compact discs or flash drives.
They must also submit a certification that the digital SALNs are faithful reproductions of the original copies.
Under the new system of filing SALNs, any official or employee of the government may access, fill-up and file their SALN over the internet using a web browser.
The electronic SALN is a “key institutional mechanism to combat corruption and promote accountability and ethical standards in public service,” the Ombudsman stated.