Philippines’ anti-corruption agency, the Office of the Ombudsman, together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the University of the Philippines (UP), is eyeing to produce T.V. programs and launch a campaign against corruption that is targeted directly to the youth sector.
The plan was inked with a Memorandum of Agreement between the two government agencies and the top state university in the Philippines. Among the signatories of the deal are UP President Danilo Concepcion, CHED Chair J. Prospero de Vera III, and Ombudsman Samuel Martires. Others who are present during the Memorandum of Agreement signing are Acting Overall Deputy Ombudsman Edilberto Sandoval, CHED Commissioner Ronald Adamat, and other UP officials.
The campaign would specifically be focused on educating the youth regarding the corruption situation in the country as well as educate them on the consequences of plunder, graft, and corruption. The Philippines is noted as one of the most corrupt nations around the world. The country ranked 99th in the least corrupt among 178 countries, according to the 2018 Corruption Perception Index, as reported by Transparency International.
Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos said in August that the Philippine government is losing around P700 billion, or around 20% of the country’s total budget appropriation every year. The prevalence of corruption in the Philippine government is what the agreement aims to stop, and they are doing it by educating the next generation of leaders – the youth.
The inter-agency Memorandum of Agreement contains provisions on creating television programs and “teleseryes,” production of new media and other videos, information, and General Education materials on ethics and accountability, as well as the establishment of an elective course entitled “Ethics and Accountability in the Public Service.”
For the Commission on Education, the government agency tasked with regulating tertiary education in the country, targeting the youth is a reasonable strategy as they are the foundation of the future. In this lieu, the agency promises their full support on the project.
“CHED welcomes and commends this worthy initiative of Ombudsman [Samuel] Martires to target young people and build the foundation of an ethical and moral future for the country,” CHED Chair de Vera III said. “We commit the full support of the Commission and will mobilize the close to 2,000 public and private universities starting today,” he added.
As a fulfillment of the said agreement, de Vera announced that the Commission on Higher Education is set to sign another Memorandum of Agreement with TVUP, a webcast network operated by the University of the Philippines, to begin with, the production of the T.V. shows and video materials for the campaign.
UP President Danilo Concepcion welcomes the initiative as it runs tangent to the vision of the university to hone students with honor, excellence, and love for the country.
“Here in UP, we shape the minds of students toward profound love of country. Our activity this afternoon is a means for our love of country, [translated]” Concepcion said.
“Our country needs to be led by people who have a love of country.”