COA reports show why Duterte admin failing to meet sustainable development goals against corruption—CPDGAugust 18, 2021
The fact that the President himself tries to stop COA from publishing reports negates the government’s commitment to “develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions”, as expressed in target 16.6 of the said goal. These reports by COA also cast doubt on the March 2020 Anticipated Progress Index data released by Philippine Statistics Authority which shows that it the country is on-track in effectively eliminating corruption and bribery (as indicated in target 16.5).
While Sec. Duque explained that the funds were already “accounted for” in a statement on Aug. 11, the mass resignation of nurses and health workers over unpaid benefits including the unreleased COVID-19 hazard pay, among others, looms.