On July, 26, 2000, at Hotel Renecca, located at Kisad Rd., Baguio City, Linis Gobyerno was formally launched. Together with the launching was the induction of officers and members and covenant signing. The Office of the Ombudsman, during the occasion has also awarded Linis Gobyerno its certificate as a Corruption Prevention Unit (CPU).

The Executive Director's Speech

Covenant Signing

One in the fight against graft

A Culture of Morality in the Government


The Executive Director's Speech

Let us be one in bringing our nation back to glory

Speech Delivered by Freddie J. Farres

Executive Director

    Its with an inspired heart that I welcome our guest of honor and speaker the Hon. Ombudsman Aniano Desierto and all of you, gallant and distinguished guests.

       As I stand before you at this very moment, an act of corruption is probably taking place somewhere in our country. That’s how rampant corruption is in our society.

    For the longest time, our nation has suffered from an endless barrage of social ills. We have shouldered one burden after another. As we nurse our bent and twisted backs we realize that we have gotten nowhere in this seemingly endless cycle. The trouble is that most of the time, we tend to tackle problems as individuals, not as a group. This has proved to be our Achilles heel.

     The Launching of LINIS GOBYERNO is intended to serve as a trumpet call for all Filipinos to get our acts together and as a team, lift the foul deadweight known as corruption, out of our lives.

    It is indeed a great tragedy that a country borne out of the spilled blood of heroes has been forced to its knees by corrup­tion. This most vile and perverse betrayal of public trust has held our nation back from true progress. It has prevented us from becoming the great nation our fore bearers intended us to be.

    Instead, we are stuck in a rut, festering in a putrid little hole the result of rampant, unchecked corruption.

    But the greater tragedy is that our society has been gradually desensitized. Corruption has been around for so long that the most of our countrymen accept it is a part of the way things are. We must put an end to this.

    Inasmuch as a stagnant pool is the breeding ground of flies, in the same way, a complacent society is the perfect breeding ground for corruption.

    Corruption in the government is a crime, punishable by law. Allowing corruption to flourish is a crime too. And the result of such a folly will bear heavily on the generations to come. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to fight corruption today.

    But doing so will not be easy. Evil has a way of protecting its own. In our present society it is practically futile if not suicidal to go against a corrupt official on your own. The covenant which we will be signing today will serve as an assurance that we will confront the despicable corrupt elements of government as a collective whole.

    Let us remember that one raindrop cannot do much. But a torrential downpour can be destructive. And as we commit ourselves today, we ensure that we become part of a mighty deluge intending to wash out graft and corruption from our government.

    Our forthcoming battles will assuredly be long and arduous, but with our combined might we will deliver dent after dent until we crush the evil of graft and corruption.   

    In closing let me quote George Elliot, who said “it is never too late to become who you might have been.”

    If corruption had not crippled us, we’d have a very different country today. But with LINIS GOBYERNO we will be helping our nation back on the path to glory. Good day and Magandang Umaga sa inyong lahat.


Covenant Signing

    The covenant signing is the portion of the activity where Linis Gobyerno together with multisectoral groups (from the government sectors to religious, business and non-government organizations), vowed to support the fight against graft and corruption. It was participated in by 43 groups as follows:

1. Apostolic Vicariate of Baguio-Benguetrepresented by Bishop Ernesto Salgado 

2. Association of Metro Baguio Christian Ministers (AMBCM) represented by Rev. Elvis Cando 

3. Baguio Association of NGO’s Multisectoral Council, represented by its Chairman, Prof. Federico Balanag

4. Baguio City local government represented by Hon. Mayor Mauricio Domogan

5. Baguio City Prosecutor’s Office represented by Hon. Erdolfo V. Balajadia 

6. Baguio City Police Office

7. Provincial Government of Benguet represented by Mr. Rodolfo Manzano

8. Benguet Police Office represented by its provincial Director, P/Supt. Eliseo dela Paz

9.  Bureau of Customs- of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) represented by Mr. Valentin L. Tolentino

10. Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-CAR represented by S/Supt. Rafael Delson

11. Civil Service Commission (CSC)-CAR represented by Atty. Lorelie Cabatu

12. Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)-CAR

13. Department of Agriculture (DA)-CAR represented by Mr. Cipriano G. Santiago

14. Department of Agrarian Reform ( DAR)-CAR represented by Atty. Wenceslao E. Saguidec

15. Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS)-CAR represented by Mrs. Virginia Wooden

16. Department of Health (DOH)-CAR, represented by Ms. Raquel Andres

17. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-CAR, represented by Ms. Libia S. Romano

18. Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH)-CAR, represented by its Regional Director Manuel Agyao 

19. Department of Social Welfare and Devlopment (DSWD)-CAR, represented by Mr. Ronilo R. Flores

20. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-CAR, represented by Mr. Charles Castañeda

21. Narcotics Command (NARCOM)-CAR, represented by P/Insp. Edgar S. Apalla

22. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-CAR represented by   Atty. Isagani del Rosario

23. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-CAR represented by Atty. George A. Jularbal

24. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-CAR represented by Ms. Jade Aquino

25. NLAB (National Association for the Blind), represented by Sr. Anita G. Inyat, ICM

26. Phil. Postal Corp.-CAR reprenseted by Mr. Rodrigo D. Anaban, Sr.

27. Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-Baguio represented by Atty. Rolando Sinlao

28. Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-CAR represented by Ms. Hiyasmin Bardillas

29. Public Attorney's Office (PAO)-CAR represented by Atty. Rogelio B. Dait, Regional Director

30.Office of the Executive Judge, Regional Trial Court, La Trinidad, Benguet

31. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-Baguio represented by  Atty. William A. Chang 

32. Social Securities System (SSS) North Luzon Cluster, represented by Ms. Norma P. Velasco

33. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-CAR represented by Ms. Marjorie N. Geronimo

34. Traffic Management Group (TMG)-CAR represented by P/Supt. Romeo Laurinaria

35. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Region I represented by Ms. Melba Bavo

36. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Region I, represented by Asst. Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra

37. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Region I, represented by Mr. Leoncio Evangelista

38. La Union Provincial Police Office

39. Police Regional Office - Region I, represented by S/Supt. William Crespillo

40. Regional State Prosecutor’s Office

41. Traffic Management Group (TMG)-Region I

42. Public Attorney's Office (PAO)-Region I, represented by Atty. Segundino P. Ferrer

43. National Food Authority (NFA) Baguio-Benguet, represented by Mr. Juanito David


One in the fight against graft

    Thirty years ago, the Philippines was one of the leading countries in Asia. The Filipinos, back then lived a comfortable life, no squatters, no one dying of hunger. Back then, the Phil­ippines was leading in the literacy rate among her neighbors.

    But that was then.

    Now, our poor country is way behind, a struggling third world country, that seems to be unable to get up.

    But we are not supposed to be going thru this terrible poverty - if not for the looters of our country’s wealth, if not for the corrupt leaders that we have had and we now have.

    The poverty that Juan dela Cruz is currently experiencing can be traced to the endemic and rampant graft and corrupt practices in government - that is so contagious, it spreads easily and readily to whoever it gets close to. It is eating up people in the government to the detriment of the masses. Graft and corruption begins from the top post in government down to the lowest.

    Worse, the Filipino people, the victim of this despicable act, feel helpless about it, and would rather “go with the flow” than go against it, despite their knowledge of its illegality. Despite their acknowledge of its effect to their children and their children’s children. But very few dare to confront this despicable disease head on. Again, the misplaced “value” of “pakikisama” to one’s “kakilala”, to one’s “kumpadre”, “kaibigan”, “kamag-anak” prevails. The power of these graft and corrupt officials are so overwhelming so that touching them may be a futile move.

    But it is not too late, we Filipinos, joining hand-in-hand can so something. We have proven the people’s power during the EDSA Revolt. We will prove it again now, until we succeed in cleaning the government, wiping out the dirt that is among the major cause of poverty. Fighting graft and corruption in not easy - it entails time, resources, courage, perseverance, and dedication. Some have tried on their own, but their enthusiasm slowly died down - nobody is supporting them, they are even being branded as “stupid” at times.

    Thus, the Linis Gobyerno was launched last July 26. We believe that through our collective efforts and resources, through the support we give each other, the fire and enthusiasm in us in the fight against this crime will not wane.

    It was heartwarming that some of the government heads of offices have committed their willingness and cooperation in the fight against graft and corruption. It is a good start, and it adds to our hopes that graft and corruption will soon be minimized. To them, thank you and congratulations.

    It is encouraging too, that more and more people are indicating their support to the group in whatever way they can - for them, this group was conceptualized.

Note: This is the Editorial of  The Junction Regional newspaper on its July 30, 2000 issue, which Linis Gobyerno adopted for its launching souvenir program.


A culture of Morality in the Government

By: Leonora Paraan - San Agustin

    Linis Gobyerno, Inc. was launched to a capacity crowd at Hotel Renecca, Kisad Road, Baguio last Wednesday, July 26th with Aniano Desierto, the No. 1 Ombudsman as the guest speaker. However, Honorable Ombudsman Desierto could not make it so the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Jesus Guerrero took his place. The capacity crowd were mostly government employees who were invited to attend. The function hall of the Hotel Reneca overflowed with representatives from government offices within Region I and CAR, heads of multisectoral groups, PNP, media and some religious leaders. The launching was unique because of the Covenant signing where the officers of Linis Gobyerno and selected heads of government offices affixed their signatures to become partners and proponents of a local CPU which stands for Corruption Prevention Unit.

    This is symbolic of the general desire of Baguio people to at least minimize corruption in the City Hall. Corruption is endemic and many of us have accepted this way of life with fatalistic resignation that we cannot do anything about it. But that is the attitude of slaves! We are not slaves. We are masters of our own fate, independent thinkers, and believers in the God who gives justice and equality to all, even the corrupters. Man, being what he is, however, is prone to corruption. The exigencies of daily existence gives him big bruises in the heart that cannot be healed with band aid, but he believes can be healed with material goods - hence the desire for money and eventual corruption.

    There is therefore need for public vigilance. We can have all sorts of laws and all kinds of watchdogs built into the governance of people but no one can protect people from falling into the insidious system of corruption except the people themselves - hence these little groups like Linis Gobyerno Inc. Corruption is to deeply rooted, too widely expanded that we have to start in many many small units like this to fight corruption where it has started.

    The Bishop in his homily last Sunday cited small groups like this Linis Gobyerno Inc. in the effort of the church to minimize corruption - by developing a culture of morality among its parishioners - by starting in the individual and his family’s Christian values. The Bishop stressed that there is so much arrant abuse of power and position not only in the government but also in other endeavors that it behooves the Christian to be strong in his faith of Christian moral values.

    For the Bishop and Linis Gobyerno CPU, this would be a Sisyphean mission but we have to start somewhere. It will be difficult, frustrating and maybe thankless but we need these efforts. We need people to join and start Linis Gobyerno CPUs and hope that someway, somewhere the beneficial ideas of morality in public service will germinate. Many of us pray that it is not ningas cogon na naman. Whether it is the government or the private sector that started is not the basis off its worth but rather the need of the times. The fact that corruption as a way of life is no longer tenable because slowly and surely people are waking up to the fact that a city’s salvation is in the hands of its own people.

Note: This article of Ms. San Agustin was published at the Baguio City Digest (August 6, 2000 issue) where she is a columnist. This article was also adopted by Linis Gobyerno in its launching souvenir program.