Corruption, one of the pressing issues in the country today which the Philippines has failed to successfully address was the subject of a one-day seminar on Combating Corruption of the Western Mindanao State University Center for Local Governance from 9 am to 12 noon of August 6, 2005. A total of 107 participants from various regional government and private offices in Region IX attended the seminar, which was held at the WMSU-WB KDC, CPADS, WMSU Campus, Zamboanga City.
Ms. Regina Junio, Director of SAKSI Office of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University discussed the evolving definitions of corruption and its cost. She asid that corruption is viewd as the abuse of official power, mostly but not limited to government positions, for private gain and enrichment. Its cost is overwhelming, she continues, and hinders economic efficiency, diverts resources from the poor and deters foreign investors. She likewise quoted some information from the World Bank.
The seminar facilitated a process to assess the cuture of corruption among the various sectors, updated the participants on the present national and local situations of graft and corruption cases in the Philippines and provided a venue where practitioners can build commitments and plans to help combat corruption in their workplaces. Linkages were done with non-governmental organizations and groups such as the Ehem! Group of Zamboanga City and the Public Administration Association, Inc. of the College of Public Administration and Development Studies of WMSU to ensure sustainability in the fight against graft and corruption.
On the other hand, WMSU-WB KDC Librarian, Helen Directo, oriented the participants on KDC background and services. (Helen A. Directo, CPADS/PAO, WMSU)