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About the Project

The “Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs” also dubbed as “Project I4J,” is a three-year Integrity Project which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the Philippine office of the German political foundation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Project I4J focuses on the development of integrity mechanisms in local government unit (LGUs) pilot sites. The Project also aims to develop models of transparent and effective procedures of registration, and promotion of small businesses and investments, and the development of a lasting business policy environment. Project I4J aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the Philippines through integrity and the sustainable creation of jobs.

 

Specific Project Objectives

  • Include LGUs as key players for clean administrative procedures into the Integrity Initiative set up by the ECCP and the Makati Business Club
  • LGUs as a sustainable network for self-obligation and monitoring of transparent and uncorrupt structures and procedures
  • Create models of transparent, effective small business and investment registration and promotion procedures and disseminate them

 

Target Groups

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Local Government

Leaders/Officials

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Estimated Project Results

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Integrity mechanisms, small business registration and promotion models are implemented in the 9 pilot places.

Time and costs for delivery of public services to the citizens at the 9 pilot places have been reduced.

   
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Increase of small business registrations and investment projects has led to the creation of new jobs at the pilot LGUs.

A high number of LGUs has joined the Integrity Initiative.

 

   
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A network of Integrity Circles has been set up countrywide.

 

Results of the models in the pilot LGUs are accessible for all LGUs in the Phils. And disseminated by the 3 leagues to their members for replication.

Pilot Areas

In coordination with representatives from the three local government leagues (League of Cities of the Philippines, League of Municipalities of the Philippines and League of Provinces of the Philippines), three cities, three municipalities and three provinces across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were chosen as the pilot LGU partners of Project I4J.

 

The project partners of I4J in the Philippines are Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI), the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).

 

 

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Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung started its civic education and development work in 1955. Since then the foundation has been active in promoting democracy, rule of law, and a social market economy in 100 countries across four continents. There are about 80 field offices, one of which is located in the Philippines, the first office established in Asia.

For the last 50 years, the foundation’s work in the Philippines is mainly focused on the promotion of a social market economy, institutional and political reform, and peace and development in Mindanao. The programs are currently implemented by The Asian Institute of Management Policy Center, Centrist Democracy and Political Institute, Local Government Development Foundation, and the Institute of Autonomy and Governance. The EU co-funded projects, Recognition of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for their Empowerment and Sustainable Development and the Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs, are also implemented through KAS.

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European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP)

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines is a service-oriented organization which provides information and consultancy work to promote European and Philippine economic and business relations. Aside from its services for more than 750 members, ECCP also provide information for trade and investment opportunities. ECCP is also involved in co-organizing and endorsing trade fairs, organize business fora to disseminate information and business to business cooperation.

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Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI)

Since it was established in October 2010, the Centrist Democracy Political Institute has been active in supporting Centrist Democratic Movements and Parties in the Philippines through orientation and trainings for its members and designing and implementing their political programs. CDPI’s research on programmatic issues and policies are likewise aligned to such values. Other activities are also focused in promoting a socially and ecologically responsible social market economy, a decentralized state, and peace and development in Mindanao. They also have monitoring, research and evaluation services for projects implemented by funding agencies.

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League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines is an organization of municipalities mandated by the Local Government Code of 1991, with the primary purpose of ‘ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting municipal government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto’. The LMP carry their mandate by providing relevant and adaptive best practices, linkages with pertinent international and local organizations, capacity development, and research and advocacy services to the municipalities in the Philippines.

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League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP)

The League of Cities of the Philippines is the legally mandated organization for the cities in the Philippines. The LCP is mainly focused on local urban governance in promoting the interests of the cities. It provides policy development and advocacy support, networking and linkages for program and project development and implementation, information and knowledge sharing through meetings, fora and internet. The LCP also provides administrative and secretariat services to its member cities and staff.

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League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP)

Like the leagues for the municipalities and cities, the League of Provinces of the Philippines carries the same legal mandate, though their jurisdiction is limited to the provinces. The League of Provinces is focused on fostering cooperation among the provinces and providing effective communication for policies. LPP is also cooperating with national agencies and international organizations for development and capacity-building efforts. The members are also linked to different platforms of exchanges with institutions and organizations. Its programmatic themes under its Strategic Plan of Action are local governance, corporate nature of local government units, merit/recognition for provinces, educational exchanges, and provincial cooperation through replication of best practices. Other services inclusion provision of policy proposals, information and knowledge sharing, establishment of cooperation with the private sector and international organizations/institutions.

 

Under Project I4J, the Leagues (of provinces, cities and municipalities) communicate with their respective local governments involved in the action; support and cooperate in implementing training and consulting activities for political leaders and officials/ experts/ civil servants at the LGUs involved. They also support the advocacy activities on national legal and political framework on the action and are involved in the implementation of dissemination activities.

 

Integrity Circles Strategy

Under the framework of Project I4J, Integrity Circles will be set up in the pilot LGUs. In several well prepared visits to the pilot LGUs and in small informal meetings, the selection of Integrity Circle members from existing civil society groups or respected personalities at these places will be moderated in a strictly non-partisan way by experts from CDPI. The Integrity Circles will serve as the supervising and partner bodies of the integrity and good governance efforts of the local administration. Schools, academic institutions and the youth will be represented in these groups too. Members of the Integrity Circles will be chosen based on the following criteria:

 

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The Need for Integrity Circles

The Integrity Circle (IC) is the formation of networks of friends: representatives of government, business, community organizations and youth groups who are active in the community, are committed to the ideals of honesty, simplicity and professionalism, and could contribute good ideas. The formulation of specific IC projects is meant to prevent specific acts of corruption or unethical practices in their area of responsibility. Its formation helps encourage and strengthen performance and good governance within and helps promote integrity in the organizations.

The IC approach is similar and complementary to the Quality Control Circles (QCCs or QCs) that was introduced by the Japanese in the business sector in the 1960s which helped Japanese companies achieve world-class product quality. Small groups of employees who do similar or related work meet regularly to identify, analyze, and solve problems related to product quality and production. They improve general operations with the formal consent, support and encouragement of management.

A quality circle is a volunteer group composed of workers (or even students) who do the same or similar work usually under the leadership of their own supervisor (or an elected team leader) – who meet regularly during office hours and who are trained to identify, analyze and solve work-related problems and present solutions to management. The employees at the lowest level are able to talk to managers. It mobilizes the active worker into participating in improving productivity, quality control, and processes; managing total quality, and complying with ISO registration standards.

 

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Integrity Circles seek to raise awareness, identify integrity-related issues that affect performance, promote fair and good practice, as well as participate in the development of practical tools to help enhance integrity and reduce risks of corruption by strengthening transparency and accountability. ICs aim to promote transparency/ trust, improvement of performance, a level playing field, enhanced competitiveness and attractiveness to business, and the creation of more jobs leading to inclusive growth and sustainable development.

ICs promote and institute the value, system and culture of integrity and honesty. Building a culture of integrity requires the participation of the whole community. At the local community level, the creation of ICs will be applicable to all parties that have a stake in the development of the locality. Building ICs is encouraged in all stakeholder organizations.

As ICs are created among stakeholders, a collective action among them will be created to safeguard the integrity standards of the locality. By bringing all these ICs together, a local Integrity Consortium can be formed to promote exchanges of best practices and improved coordination as well as enhance cooperation among all stakeholders.

Accountability for behavior and integrity is the cornerstone of the circle-building process. Within the circles, people are held accountable for their actions and commitments.

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Province of Oriental Mindoro

The province of Oriental Mindoro, touted as the Rice Granary...

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Municipality of Naujan

Naujan is a first class municipality, and the largest in...

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City of Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is one of the largest cities in the...

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City of San Carlos

As the City is strategically located intermediate to four major...

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Municipality of Tuburan

Tuburan could be the next big tourism destination in the...

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Province of Cebu

The province of Cebu is a first class province, in...

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Iranun Cluster Municipalities

The Iranun Cluster Municipalities is composed of four (4) adjacent...

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City of Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) is the capital city of...

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Province of South Cotobato

The first class province of South Cotabato is located in...

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Contact Details

Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs Coordination Office

contact-loc     5/F Cambridge Centre, 108 Tordesillas Corner Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Philippines

contact-phone      Phone: (632) 819-7530 / Fax: (632) 893-6198

contact-link    cgiangan.i4j@gmail.com