Año said the DILG also has a banner program on anti-corruption, the Bantay Korapsyon, which aims to deter graft and corruption in local governments.

“Our Bantay Korapsyon program has opened the door for the people to be informed and aware on pertinent laws and policies on corruption, to help us prevent it, including the occurrence of ghost projects at the local level by tapping the CSOs to be part in the actual monitoring of programs and projects,” he said.

Año also reported the DILG efforts to strengthen local development councils through its Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program which already implemented 2,546 water projects for clean and potable drinking water benefitting more than 1-million households nationwide, as well as the construction of local roads and bridges, and marketplace and shelters, among others.

“The advocacy on good local governance and anti-corruption was done year round to underscore local officials and ordinary Filipinos that honest, transparent, clean and corruption-free governance is key to the country’s development and improvement in the lives of our people,” he said.