Participants at the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) Cross-Agency Training for IAAGCC Specialists with Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.

The Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC), a voluntary alliance of government agencies aimed at preventing or eliminating graft and corruption in government service through strategic cooperation, conducted a three-day training and workshop for its members held at Tagaytay City from June 1-3, 2016.

The training aimed to improve capacity of IAAGCC members, especially those involved in the investigation and prosecution of graft cases, on fact-finding investigation and preliminary investigation as well as on the Revised Guidelines of Cooperation in the investigation of IAAGCC-certified cases. The training was conducted in cooperation with the United States International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Participants came from IAAGCC member-agencies: the Commission on Audit (COA), the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB), the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Justice, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Finance, and the Office of the President.

They were updated on the implementation of anti-corruption laws; the Government Procurement Reform Act; and Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act focusing on plunder, malversation, crimes committed by public officers, bribery and Articles 217 & 218 of the Revised Penal Code. Participants were given insights on the role of the COA in the prevention, detection and prosecution of graft and corruption cases with emphasis on the conduct of fraud audit as well as in the documentary requirements in investigating high-profile cases. Also discussed were asset forfeiture and the various ways the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) can assist IAAGCC specialists in their investigations. Participants were also briefed on the IAAGCC Revised Guidelines of Cooperation.

 COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, who also chairs the IAAGCC, stressed the importance of coordination among the IAAGCC member-agencies for successful prosecution of cases. He said he wants to bring the training program in the regions. Chairperson Aguinaldo also noted that the program may also be qualified for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas welcomed the participants. The resource persons were Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office Executive Director Atty. Dennis S. Santiago, Deputy Special Prosecutor Manuel Soriano, Jr. of the OMB, COA Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano, Atty. Ronald Allam Ramos of the OMB, AMLC Executive Director Julia Bacay-Abad and Assistant Ombudsman Evelyn Baliton. Directors Lourdes P. Salazar and Rhodora Fenix-Galicia of the OMB and COA’s Director Gloria G. Calvario served as facilitators and moderators.

Workshops including case analysis on crimes by public officers and identifying red flags from procurement documents as well as a role-playing exercise to show how IAAGCC member agencies can strengthen their cooperation and coordination were also conducted. #