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Public-Private Dialogue in Manila

June 30, 2017 saw the first of three Public-Private Dialogues as part of a policy campaign to reduce the space for corruption in the SME sector. The dialogue was held at the Don Alfonso Soriano Room, Fuller Hall of the Asian Institute of Management. The event was attended by chief decision makers from both the public and private sectors. CIPE coordinator Mr. Ryan Patrick Evangelista also graced the event to participate and deliver the closing remarks.

Government representatives included participants from both the national and local government, namely the Department of Trade and Industry Competitiveness Bureau, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, the Local Government of Quezon City, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Representatives from the private sector included participants from the Coalition of Licensed Agencies for Domestic Service, Export Development Council, Philippine Franchising Association, Philippine Institute of Supply Management, the Philippine Chamber Food Manufacturers, Inc., and Philippine Exporters Confederation, Incorporated.

The dialogue participants concur with the project findings that point to gaps in policy implementation resulting in difficulties and corrupt practices during private-to-public transactions. Some local policies were discovered to conflict with national laws due to lack of consultations during policy formulation. Inefficiencies were found in cascading new regulations or changes in policy to all government personnel.

Business one-stop shops were already established in some local government units but are continually challenged by bureaucratic resistance and logistical problems. As for the automation of the business permits and licensing system (BPLS), fast and reliable internet connection in the country is primarily needed to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the prospective BPLS System. Lastly, for cases involving corruption and other grievances filed by small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners, the Investment Ombudsman clarified that his office handles cases concerning erring government officials in private-to-public transactions.

Identified next steps for both the public and private sectors include: setting up SME Helpdesks, continuous training on values formation, success measures of Ease of Doing Business (EODB), establishment of an SME association, automation of BPLS, and reducing the number of offices dealing with SMEs possibly through mergers, privatization and/or abolition of offices.

The next Public Private Dialogues will be held in Cebu on July 13, 2017, and in Davao on July 27, 2017.

The Public Private Dialogues are part of the "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption" project funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

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Stakeholder Consultation in Davao: "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption"

The final stakeholder consultation was held in The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Davao City. The event was attended by 32 participants from various business chambers, associations, cooperatives, companies, a government office, and an academic institution. The stakeholders represented PhilExport Davao, Mindanao Business Council, ADS Chamber of Commerce, Davao Inventors Association, ASIAN Hill Inventors, USOD Savings & Credit Cooperative, Davao Fruits Corporation Banana Growers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, Concepcion Dumlan Hijo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative, CREBA Chapter, Center for Community Transformation, ICT Davao, Inc., Southern Philippines Fresh Fruit Corp., Sul Orchids, Sagrex Corporation, First Oriental Packaging, Inc., Andrei Alvarez Medical Clinic, A&L Cargo Logistics, Chinabank, Dynasty Banana Flour Trading, Maduao Farms Corporation, Ideals Inc., UniFrutti, RC Realty, EC Realty, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor-Field Operations Division for Mindanao, and Davao Central College.

The stakeholder consensus for the main policy issue is the long and complicated process in applying for permits and licenses. In connection to this is the issue on the centralization of authority in the head office situation in Luzon (despite having regional offices in Mindanao), and corrupt practices such as bribery and under-the-table deals to expedite procedures. These instances led to high cost of conducting business.

In addressing these issues, the stakeholders gave the following policy recommendations: (1) to streamline procedures; (2) to decentralize the responsibilities of processing permit applications to the regional government offices; (3) to communicate relevant business laws and processes to SMEs; and, (4) to integrate anti-corruption values in the education curriculum.

Finally, the stakeholders envision themselves to become the eyes, ears, and voice of small businesses in forwarding the anti-corruption advocacy. This includes their participation in providing recommendations to address corruption in the business sector. They also committed to implement internal systems and controls, and to uphold business integrity standards through compliance.

The Stakeholder Consultation is part of the "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption" project funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

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Stakeholder Consultation in Cebu: "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption"

The RVR Center successfully held its second stakeholder consultation in Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City. A total of 12 stakeholders attended the event from business chambers, industry and business associations, as well as individual SMEs. Participants represented Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PhilExport Cebu, Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement, Association of International Shipping Lines, Inc., Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines, Brilliant Metal Craft and Machine Design, Cebu Graphic Star, Austal Philippines Pty Ltd., and Belleza Casa Designs, Inc.

The stakeholders agreed that bureaucracy was the main policy issue in Cebu. Business owners still needed to navigate a long list of signatories in order to get permits. Furthermore, enforcing agencies provide redundant requirements leading to conflicting regulations and unnecessary payments.

Apart from identifying the main policy issue, they also shared their existing policies and programs aimed at reducing corruption. PhilExport Cebu created a one-stop shop to assist exporters in filing requirements. The other chambers and associations established a network of advocates to lobby for reforms in the private sector such as shortening the list of requirements for permit applications. Some of the stakeholders also ensure that their policies, particularly on bribery and gifts, are effectively implemented. Finally, individual SME stakeholders went through a change in management and created a culture of integrity initiated by the head of the company.

The stakeholders built a consensus that SMEs and associations should take on a watch dog role to oversee the activities of the SMEs and to form an organization against corruption. They emphasized the need to provide business support, skills training, and activities that would cultivate a culture of integrity and discipline within their respective companies. Finally, they recommend streamlining and standardizing business procedures and requirements as well as to push for collective action in order to significantly reduce corruption in private-to-public transactions.

One more consultation is scheduled on March 24, 2017 in Davao City.

The Stakeholder Consultation is part of the "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption" project. The advocacy project is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

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Stakeholder Consultation in Manila: "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption"

The RVR Center recently held its first Stakeholder Consultation in Manila as part of the "Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space of Corruption". The stakeholder consultation aims to strengthen the role of SMEs as a constructive advocate for reform and to build consensus on an anti-corruption agenda among SMEs. The consultation in Manila gathered 16 stakeholders from the private sectors, SME associations, academes and etc. to prioritize key corruption issues that this advocacy should focus and to identify possible recommendations to address those issues.

Among others, the participants agreed that issues on the lack of transparency and integrity as well as the proliferation of SME agencies need to be prioritized to reduce the space of corruption. Some of the recommendations provided were the regular conduct of trainings and seminars for SMEs on integrity and value formation, continuous assessment and monitoring of the company's internal processes, and dissemination of relevant, accurate, and timely information for SMEs.

The first Stakeholder Consultation was conducted at the Asian Institute of Management on December 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN.

Two more consultations are scheduled on January 20, 2017 in Cebu City and on February 03, 2017 in Davao City.

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Unity in Integrity (Laguna)

SMEs and SME associations from Laguna shared their experiences of corruption challenges as well as their various initiatives to promote compliance and business integrity in the recent Anti-corruption Training for SME Associations. "We encourage small food processors to declare their actual income taxes through our taxation seminars. We also engage government agencies, for instance, we talk with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the lowering of registration fees," Mr. Clarke Nebrao of the Association of Laguna Food Processors, Inc. (ALAFOP) articulated. This event was held on April 25, 2016 in the Continuing Education Center (CEC), UP Los Baños, Laguna. It was the last in the series of anti-corruption trainings under the project "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector Project Phase III", funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) based in Washington D.C.

The training emphasized compliance and integrity concepts as well as the role of SME associations in combating corruption and promoting integrity. Participants were also engaged in analyzing corruption scenarios in day-to-day business operations. Finally, participants designed a compliance-based anti-corruption program for their companies and their associations.

The training participants are from business associations particularly the ALAFOP, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)- Region IVA and IVB, PCCI-San Pablo City, and the Laguna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The SME participants came from the sectors of food processing, organic agriculture, health service, real estate, machineries, landscaping, handicrafts and footwear manufacturing.

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Building the Brand of Integrity (Manila)

The Integrity Lecture for students entitled "Building the Brand of Integrity: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs," was successfully conducted at Conference Room 408 of Yuchengco Hall, De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU), on April 1, 2016. This lecture aimed to expand the knowledge base of young and aspiring entrepreneurs on the international best practices of anti-corruption and compliance. The training is in accordance with the third phase of the project entitled "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector," which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

There were a total of 48 students from the BS Entrepreneurship program under the Decision Sciences and Innovation Department (DSID). Also in attendance was Prof. Honorata Dimapilis, the Chair of DSID. The lecture focused on the following issues: 1) Corruption as a threat to Integrity, 2) Integrity in Business, and 3) Approaches to deal with corruption and integrity challenges. Designed to be interactive, the Integrity Lecture encouraged the students to participate in two workshop activities, namely "The Dilemma Game" and "Build the Brand." It was then followed by the presentation of video entries for the advocacy video-making contest entitled: "The Story of Business Integrity". Entries were judged according to the following criteria: 1) Technical excellence and content, 2) Relevance to subject matter, and 3) Overall impact. The following groups were recognized and given awards:

Grand Prize:

Aldrick Chan Dale Go Jared Go Bettina Garbes Lady Medestomas

https://drive.google.com/a/dlsu.edu.ph/file/d/0Bzj50hguVtPKWEozM3VOZzd3QkE/view?usp=drive_web

1st Runner-Up:

Karl Feliciano Sam Laureola Dorothy Cejas Mary Rose Dakay

http://youtu.be/DFcCv4ZekNU

2nd Runner-Up:

Julius Anastacio Adrian Centeno Jazen Liao

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzfZeqOXTlQ

The Center would like to thank the DLSU students and Prof. Dimapilis for partnering with us in this lecture.

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Unity in Integrity (Manila)

The Anti-corruption training for SME associations, "Unity in Integrity," was successfully conducted at the Far East Bancom Room, Asian Institute of Management, on March 31, 2016. This event is the continuation among the series of discussions with a) new participants comprised of representatives of SME associations, and b) previous participants from the Roundtable Discussion held last year. There were a total of 17 participants composed of representatives from SME business associations in Manila as well as individual SMEs. The training was in accordance with the third phase of the project entitled "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector," which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

Participants represented businesses associations such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Rotary Club of Cavite-Aguinaldo. Other participants represented SMEs from various industries, such as shipping, manufacturing, and clothing. A representative from the Department of Trade and Industry- Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Division was also present.

The following relevant points were shared by the participants. For SMEs to send a clear message that they do not engage in bribery, they must know the government requirements and processes whether in applying for a business permit, building permit, etc. SMEs should also properly record/document their transactions with the government. Since gifts are not immediately considered as bribes, it is important that SMEs also craft their own policy on gifts, including penalties. This policy must clearly define and differentiate what gifts are acceptable and can be considered as bribes. Participants also suggested pro-integrity measures such as: 1) Encourage sharing of best practices on good governance; 2) Motivate good practices by organizing events to recognize/award SMEs with best practices; 3) Promote activities that encourage networking/conference among member-SMEs, 4) Implementation of a Vendor Integrity Program, and 5) Implementation of more programs from DTI, such as the SME Roving Academy, Negosyo Centers, and Shared Service Facilities (SSF).

The Center would like to thank all the participants who graced the training.

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Unity in Integrity (Cebu)

"In the Mactan Export Processing Zone, the exporters have a very powerful lobby (regarding issues)…They are really able to get concession,"Mr. Ted Segura explains the power of associations, in connection to advancing collective goals towards integrity, accountability and development in the business sector.

An opportunity to discuss integrity promotion and anti-corruption within the SME sector was made possible through the recently concluded Anti-corruption Training for SME associations in the University of San Carlos, Cebu City on March 8, 2016. This was the second of the four trainings under the project, "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in Business Sector", with fund support from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), in Washington D.C. The training highlighted the importance of ethical business approach and compliance, as well as how SME associations can exert their influence in fighting corruption.

The training allowed the participants to share activities, projects, and programs on how they can empower SMEs. They emphasize the importance of organizing trainings, networking and initiating dialogues with public and private offices, providing legal assistance to member companies, conducting research, and implementing special projects.

There were a total of 18 participants who attended the training, comprised of Cebu SMEs, business associations and the government (Department of Trade and Industry). The University of San Carlos (USC), the academic partner, co-hosted the training. USC representatives namely: Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President), Dr. Challoner Matero (Dean, School of Business and Economics), and Dr. Larry Silapan (SBE Graduate Program Coordinator) also graced the event with their participation.

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Building the Brand of Integrity (Cebu)

"Some are born smart. Some are born rich. But business ethics equalizes the playing field". This is the first prize winning entry in the slogan making contest held after the lecture in USC. The group explained that business people have different advantages over each other. But the only thing that assures their success is their observance of business ethics and their willingness to do business right.

A slogan-making contest on business integrity was incorporated in the Integrity Lecture that was held in the Theodore Buttenbruch Hall of University of San Carlos (USC) on March 9, 2016. Funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the Integrity Lecture is an educational activity that aims to raise aspiring entrepreneurs' awareness on the international best practices of anti-corruption, compliance and business integrity. It was attended by more than 100 students from the four major programs of the USC's School of Business and Economics (SBE). These programs are Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Development and Management, and Operations Management.

The event is not only composed of a formal lecture but also of interactive activities and workshops for all the participants. The first activity is the Integrity Dilemma wherein students simulate some tasks related to business registration, allowing them to encounter integrity dilemmas. The next activity is called Building the Brand where the students create their company brand, designate their core values, and link their brand with business integrity. Finally, a slogan-making contest encouraged students to create a slogan that promotes business ethics and integrity.

The second prize winner of the contest designed a slogan that says "Build a fair and just society. Say no to corruption". The group added that the slogan also forwards the values of transparency and righteousness. Finally, the third prize winner's slogan says "Ang negosyo mo ay syota mo; lolokohin mo ba ito? Ang buhay mo ay love life mo, magpapaloko ka ba dito?(Your business is your lover; will you cheat? Your life is your love life, will you let yourself be fooled?)".

The commitment of Dean Challoner Matero, Dr. Larry Silapan, the Graduate Program Coordinator of SBE, the support staff from the USC, and the heads of the Major Programs of SBE, as well as the active participation of the students made the event a success.

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Building the Brand of Integrity (Davao)

The Integrity Lecture for students entitled "Building the Brand of Integrity: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs," was successfully conducted at the Bolton Campus of the University of Mindanao, Davao City, on February 17, 2016. This event aimed to expand the knowledge base of young and aspiring entrepreneurs on the international best practices of anti-corruption and compliance. The training is in accordance with the third phase of the project entitled "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector," which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

There were a total of 52 students from the various programs under the College of Business Administration and Education, namely:

1) Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship,

2) Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management,

3) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Human Resource Management,

4) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Business Economics,

5) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management,

6) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Economics,

7) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Financial Management

The lecture focused on the following items: 1) Corruption as a threat to Integrity, 2) Integrity in Business, and 3) Approaches to deal with corruption and integrity challenges. Designed to be interactive, the Integrity Lecture encouraged the students to participate in two workshop activities, namely "The Dilemma Game" and "Build the Brand." It was then followed by the presentation of FaceBook page entries for the Social Media Campaign contest entitled "What the Youth Say About Business Integrity". The following entries were recognized:

Grand Prize

Watchutenk: Istoryang Patigayon

https://www.facebook.com/Watchutenk-Istoryang-Patigayon-1513119848991035

First Runner-Up

Yamang Tao ng UM

https://web.facebook.com/Yamang-Tao-ng-UM-620614701426282/

Second Runner-Up

Aksyon Kontra Korupsyon

https://www.facebook.com/notocorruption2016/

The Center would like to thank the students, faculty, and Dean of the University of Mindanao for partnering with us in this activity.

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Unity in Integrity (Davao)

The Anti-corruption training for SME associations, "Unity in Integrity" was successfully conducted in Apo View Hotel in Davao City on February 16, 2016. This event is the continuation among the series of discussions with a) new participants comprised of representatives of SME associations, and b) previous participants from the Roundtable Discussion held last year. There were a total of 17 participants composed of representatives from SME business associations in Davao as well as individual SMEs.

Participants represented businesses in agricultural production, food industry, cooperatives, association officials from the Philippine Exporters' Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) of Davao and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII).Project Partners also graced the training, particularly representatives from the College of Business Administration Education of the University of Mindanao and the Department of Trade and Industry-Region XI (DTI-11).

The following relevant points were shared by the participants. First, "walang corrupt kung walang nagpapa-corrupt" ("There would be no corruption if people were unwilling to participate in it"). Second, for private-to-private corruption, a two-step process of "investigate and validate" can be used, especially against unauthorized commissions. Third, blacklisting and retaliation to whistleblowers can be approached via a four-step process: 1) preliminaries/verifications, 2) gather evidence, 3) lodge a complaint against the employee and/or agency, and 4) actively commit and engage in anti-corruption advocacy and networking.

The training is in accordance with the third phase of the project entitled "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector," which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

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Unity in Integrity: Anti-Corruption Training for SME Associations

The Hills Program of the Asian Institute of Management will conduct anti-corruption trainings for owners and managers of SMEs belonging to SME associations. The training will provide approaches towards an ethical and compliant business. It will also discuss the roles of SME associations in combating corruption and promoting integrity in business. Participants will be taught practical measures for dealing with corruption scenarios in day-to-day business operations as well as tools towards the development of a compliance-based anti-corruption training program for SMEs. The training will be held from 8 AM to 5 PM, at the following dates and venues:

February 16, 2016- Apo View Hotel, Davao City

March 8, 2016- University of San Carlos-Cebu, Cebu City

March 31, 2016- Asian Institute of Management, Makati City

April 12, 2016- Continuing Education Center, University of the Philippines- Los Banos, Laguna

 
 

Building the Brand of Integrity: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Hills Program of the Asian Institute of Management will conduct an Integrity Lecture for entrepreneurship students of selected schools. The lecture will provide insights on the following topics: 1) Corruption as a challenge to integrity; 2) Causes and common forms of corruption; 3) Consequences of corruption; 4) a Compliance-based framework in business; 5) Ethical and integrity challenges faced by young/aspiring entrepreneurs; 6) Benefits of practicing integrity in business; and 7) Analysis of scenarios. The winners of a creative media contest that was previously launched will also be announced during the event. The lecture will be held from 8 AM to 2 PM, at the following dates and venues:

February 17, 2016- AVR 3, University of Mindanao, Bolton Campus, Davao City

March 9, 2016- University of San Carlos-Cebu, Cebu City

April 1, 2016- De La Salle University, Metro Manila

 
 

Overview of the Davao Roundtable Discussion with SMEs

"Yung first meeting, there were so many problems, concerns on corruption, 'pag (ihalintulad sa) color siguro, parang black ang color. Ngayon, maraming colors na, may nakikita na tayong kahayag or light, there's hope" (During our first meeting, there were so many problems and concerns on corruption. If compared to a color, it seems to be black. At present, there are more colors, we are now able to see light, there's hope), Isidro Porras relates his experience as a previous project participant and his observation of the present conditions.

This insight was shared during the event, "Cultivating a Culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion (RTD) with SMEs" in the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City on October 20, 2015. This RTD is the last among the series of discussions with Integrity Pledge signatories and previous training participants of the project, "Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project", with fund support from the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.

SME owners and/or managers as well as business associations in Davao attended the event. SME participants represented businesses in agricultural production, food industry, trucking service, medical service, security agency, printing service, heavy equipment, real estate and trading. Cooperatives and associations representatives also attended the activity, such as the Philippine Export Davao, Davao Inventors' Association, Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants-Davao and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Project Partners also graced the event, particularly the College of Business Administration Education of the University of Mindanao and the Department of Trade and Industry Region XI.

The discussion revealed that SMEs have already implemented several measures to resist corruption and uphold integrity. Some of these efforts include encouraging of whistleblowing, instigating code of ethics, establishing a reward system and practicing "no envelopes" policies. Furthermore, participants explained that unconstructive Filipino values, lack of commitment from the SME management, unreasonable taxation and lack of transparency continue to hinder SME efforts towards integrity. On the other hand, comprehensive values formation, training and monitoring, and freedom of expression legislation are endeavors to facilitate an anti-corruption agenda. The government's role in streamlining business processes and continuously educating SMEs of changes in business regulations is also necessary in curbing corruption in the private sector.

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Overview of the Cebu Roundtable Discussion with SMEs

On October 13, the Hills Program on Governance conducted its second anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD), entitled "Cultivating a culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs at the Carolinian Inn of the University of San Carlos-Cebu. Similar to the structure of the Manila RTD, it aims to identify and assess the progress of previous SME training participants and Integrity Pledge signatories in preventing bribery and implementing anti-corruption measures in their respective businesses/organizations using a compliance questionnaire.

Through a series of activities, the RTD engaged the participants to share the facilitating and hindering factors that they encountered in aiming for a corrupt-free and ethical business. Among others, the RTD gleaned the following important outputs from the participants: 1) Knowledge of relevant laws and business processes are keys in avoiding corruption during private-public transactions, and 2) Both leadership and personal conviction are needed to curb corruption; Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC), a subject on morals taught during elementary should be revisited and emphasized because this serves as a foundation for business integrity.

Participants for the Cebu RTD include SMEs such as DMC Busa Printers, Waffle Time Inc., Cebu Graphic Star, Hydronet Consultants, and Helion Clearance Solution, among others. The event was also graced by representatives from business and industry associations such as the European Chamber of Commerce-Cebu and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. An official from the Department of Trade and Industry Region 7 (DTI-7) also participated in the RTD.

The RTD is part of the Center's Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project Phase III, which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.

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Overview of the Manila Roundtable Discussion with SMEs

On October 6, the Hills Program on Governance ran its first anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD) for this year at the Soriano Hall of the Asian Institute of Management. Entitled "Cultivating a Culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs", it aims to identify and assess the progress, if any, of previous SME training participants and Integrity Pledge signatories in preventing bribery and implementing anti-corruption measures in their respective businesses/organizations using a compliance questionaire.

The RTD also engaged the participants to share the facilitating and hindering factors that they have experienced in pursuit of an anti-corrupt and ethical business culture. In summary, the RTD revealed that anti-corruption training is made even more effective by an individual or company's pro-integrity policies. In the case of Aquarian Marine Supply Inc. / Cocoplus Acquarian Dev. Corp., the firm conviction of values connected to religious beliefs enhanced the SME's resilience to corruption in their business transactions. Furthermore, constant reminders and strict disciplinary actions within the company can help prevent corruption in business transactions.

Director Clavesillas of Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (DTI-BSMED) gave the welcoming remarks. Among the participants were the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM), Aquarian Marine Supply Inc., and Bayani Consulting Network.

The RTD is part of the Center's Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project Phase III, which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.

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Cultivating a Culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs

The Hills Program on Governance of the AIM Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. –C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance is now on its third phase of implementing its project entitled “Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in Business Sector”. The project is sponsored by the Center for International Private Enterprise, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that aims to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. Its main objective is to strengthen the ability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines to resist and combat corruption.

MANILA
06 October 2015, Tuesday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Soriano Hall, 3/F Asian Institute of Management, Makati City

CEBU
13 October 2015, Tuesday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
University of San Carlos, Cebu City

DAVAO
20 October 2015, Tuesday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
D'Azure Function Room, 2/F Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City

Registration is free
For inquiries, your office may wish to contact Sheila Mae Camarao at (02) 892-4011 loc. 5302 (scamarao@aim.edu)

 
 

Corruption and Development - How can Anticorruption be Integrated into Development Measures to Ensure Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth
GIZ, in collaboration with the Office of the Ombudsman and in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), is organizing an event on Corruption and Development to discuss how corruption and intransparency can be most effectively addressed including how anticorruption efforts can be integrated into development measures to ensure sustainable development and inclusive growth. The event is line with the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Please note that this is by invitation only.

 
 
 

National Conference on "SMEs as a Major Force in Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business," July 26, 2012, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Hills Program will hold a national conference on "SMEs as a Major Force in Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business on July 26, 2012, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati.

The first of its kind in the Philippines, the conference will bring together approximately 500 owners and managers of SMEs, government officials, academics, and media representatives. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on developing an enabling environment for SMEs to operate their businesses with integrity and accountability. More

 
     
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