Watchdogs needed to deter gov’t corruption, political analysts say
By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter,
and Alyssa Nicole O. Tan
POLICY MAKERS should institutionalize public participation in government supply deals to deter corruption, according to political analysts.
“Every stakeholder should be able to monitor the procurement process,” said Mike Kealy, chief operations officer at international anti-corruption firm Insiders Corp. “Real-time government transparency is a must.”
This is especially critical since supply deals are one of the government activities most vulnerable to corruption he said.
Nongovernment organizations (NGO) can act as a watchdog of the state, which is driven by politics, and companies, which is driven by profit, Bryan E. Gonzales, executive director at Human Rights and Peoples Empowerment Center, said in a Facebook Messenger chat.
The law mandates agencies entering into a supply deal to…