Ethics and Accountability in the Philippine Public Service: Role of Citizens, Public Officials, Private Sector and Civil Society

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“Ethics and Accountability in the Philippine Public Service: Role of Citizens, Public Officials, Private Sector and Civil Society In my previous paper, I mentioned that values are as important in our government system as the other functions and political processes are. Unit VI discussed how crucial and vital ethics and accountability is in our government. It also talks about the significance of our own moral code, seeing that public ethics are part of the overall value system, and is culture as well as country-specific. Politicians and public servants especially those in high positions are hailed as models of integrity, and the public expects nothing more but honor and morality from them since they were elected or appointed to that…show more content…
Also the punishment for those caught should be swift and certain so that it may be more effective than severe punishments with an extremely low probability of being imposed. Appointive officials should follow the Code of Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. When they manage, they must create a climate of trust but they must still supervise through effective oversight. “Trust but verify” (transparency accountability) In their personnel procedures, ethics should be introduced in the recruitment and advancement process. Whistle-blowers should not only be protected, but also rewarded. (Accountability for their personnel) Citizens should avoid bribing and corrupting the officials themselves. There would be no bribes for the officials to accept in the first if someone hadn’t given it to them. They must ensure active participation towards the abolition of corruption in our system. Also they should not always mistrust our government because there are still good people there. Trust is something earned and not given, and a party is always innocent until proven guilty. (Predictability on people’s reaction: trust and mistrust based on government performance) Civil society can serve as specialized anti-corruption agencies and can perform an important role by providing checks on government use of power and

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