DPWH’s 114th anniversary theme: Fight Corruption

A June 22, 2012 press release from the Department of Public Works and Highways

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) adopted the theme, “Katiwalian Labanan, Para Sa Bayan,” for its 114th anniversary celebration on June 23, 2012.

In a simple ceremony held in the DPWH Head Office in Port Area, Manila, on Friday, June 22, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson led the celebration through a thanksgiving mass and awarding of recognition to DPWH retirees and those who have rendered forty years in the government service.

The highlight of the anniversary celebration shall be held on Saturday, June 23, with a fun run called the “Run Against Corruption,” which will start from the Mendiola Peace Arc and end at the DPWH office in the Port Area, Manila.

“We want to send a strong message to our people that it is not business as usual in the DPWH,” said Secretary Singson. “The DPWH community is now guided by the policy of ‘right project, right cost, right quality, right on time’ in implementing our projects,” Secretary Singson said.

In a message sent to DPWH, President Benigno S. Aquino III said that the DPWH anniversary theme affirms the Aquino administration’s agenda to restore accountability and transparency in government operations.

President Aquino further said, “The DPWH is the vanguard of the change we desire in the government. Public perception in the past held your office as a hive of corruption, but through firm and steady leadership, you can serve as an example to further affect transformation throughout the rest of our bureaucracy.”

He added, “May this celebration fuel in you the true virtues of service: unselfishness, reliability, and truthful. May the people’s conscience guide your institution to fulfill your duty to build upon our infrastructure and allocates resources for their intended use. May you remain vigilant, and tread the straight and righteous path with the rest of the nation towards a truly progressive Philippines.”

Since July 2010, under the Aquino administration, the DPWH has been undergoing its Transformation Program and has taken bold steps to realize the desired change. He then urged DPWH officials and employees to continue building quality infrastructure as the Department is now reaping significant milestones in terms of good governance, transparency, and accountability.

The DPWH has been cited for its Performance Governance System, which uses a “Balanced Score Card” in monitoring its accomplishments based on its Road Map. The Department was awarded the “Governance Excellence Seal” by the Institute of Solidarity in Asia represented by its founding chairman, Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao and the private sector co-chairman, Guillermo M. Luz of the National Competitiveness Council.

The celebration capped with the feeding program and medical-dental outreach for indigent children living in Port Area after the fun run. Both activities are held at the DPWH head office.