THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) has created an anti-corruption committee that will address complaints on graft as well as refine processes that are prone to abuse.  

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar signed Special Order No. 504 on July 19, which formed the committee and designated Undersecretary for Special Concerns Waldo R. Carpio as chair.   

“In the interest of service and for the purpose of monitoring and reporting corruption-related cases in the department, a committee is hereby created,” Mr. Dar said in the order.  

Apart from monitoring and reporting corruption-related cases, the committee is also tasked to draft and implement anti-corruption policies, programs, and activities. 

The team is also mandated to identify corruption-prone processes, set up a streamlined complaint hotline, organize stakeholders to complement the committee, and coordinate with the Anti-Corruption Coordinating Council. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave