PNoy vows to keep gov't corrupt-free even beyond his term

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2013 10:05 AM | Updated as of Jan 25 2013 11:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino attended the "Partnering Against Corruption Initiative" event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday.

At the event, heads of state discussed their anti-corruption platforms in their countries.

In his speech, Aquino enumerated a number of accomplishments his administration had achieved in addressing corruption in various government agencies. 

These include the anti-corruption programs being implemented in the National Food Authority (NFA) and Department of Public Works and Highways.

"Our DPWH for the longest time was known as a hotbed of kickbacks and fund leakages. This changed by implementing mechanisms for a transparent bidding process one that encouraged competition among contractors. The department saved as of end-2012 around $300 million," Aquino said. 

The President also said they are working on keeping government corrupt-free even beyond his term. 

"Most concerns I hear now are not about whether change is possible in our country but whether the kind of momentum we are experiencing can be sustained even after my term ends in 2016.

This is a valid concern, after all in the years after my mother took office the Marcos dictatorship tumbled a quarter of a century ago, the same amount of healthy optimism in our country existed only to be derailed by crisis, instability and self-interest. This is why my administration is focusing on institutionalizing reforms. We want change to be enduring mainstream of progress, rather than  a mere blip on the radar," Aquino said. - ANC