- United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)
UNCAC was adopted by the UN General Assembly on October 31, 2003 at the United Nations Headquarters in
As a State Party to the UNCAC and as part of its commitments to the 1st and 2nd Conference of State Parties (COSP), the Philippines is bound to comply with its compliance review on the implementation of the Convention in the country.
In the 1st COSP of 2007, different State Parties were made to respond to a Self-Assessment Checklist involving the 15 mandatory provisions of the Convention. As an outcome of the 2nd COSP of 2008, an expanded Self-Assessment included a peer review mechanism among State Parties and on-site field validation of the UNCAC Compliance Review of each State Party. Come November 2009, the 3rd COSP will be held and compliance report is still wanting in substance and inputs.
The Office of the Ombudsman as lead convenor of the Multi-Sectoral Anti-Corruption Council or MSACC, spearheaded the initial assessment in the
The initial assessment results obtained during the Nov. 2008 FGDs are needed to be validated before the holding of the UNCAC Summit this May 27, 2009 and the 3rd COSP in November 2009.
Five separate validation-write-shops with crucial agencies identified to have specific mandated and obligations under each of the 15 mandatory provisions. Validation-write-shops will be done by thematic pillar of the UNCAC. Each validation-write-shop will be led by a key government agency that has the mandate to respond to the pertinent provisions of the UNCAC under each thematic pillar. Dissemination of the Compliance Review for General Validation on the occasion of the 1st UNCAC Summit, taking into consideration the importance of drawing the attention of the whole bureaucracy to the anti-corruption standards provided in the Convention and the need for commitments by government leaders so that full compliance with the Convention’s mandatory and main requirements will be effected as soon as practicable.
The Validation-write-shops and the Dissemination of the Assessment are expected to result in the preparation of a comprehensive Country Compliance Review of the implementation of the UNCAC in the Philippines that will be used for submission to the UNODC/3rd COSP for peer review, basis for the Technical Assistance Program to be submitted to the UNODC, and basis for the UNCAC Implementation Road map in the Philippines.