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Groups receiving govt funds should disclose financial documents

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque would require full disclosure of all organizations receiving funds from the government to curb corruption.

Roque, a former congressman, said that government grants should be transparent so that “taxpayers will have the ability to know where their money being spent.”

A former presidential spokesman, Roque said he would refile House Bill No. 252 or the “Government Funding, Accountability and Transparency Act,” which he authored in the House of Representatives.

Citing Section 27, Article 3 of the Constitution, Roque said the State should maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption.

The same provision provides that the people’s right to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized.

It said that access to official records and documents and papers about official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as government research data used as the basis for policy development, shall be afforded to the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.

HB 252 seeks to establish and maintain a website that contains information statutorily on all Government financial assistance and expenditures that include grants, contracts, sub-grants, subcontracts, loans, awards, cooperative agreements, purchase orders, task orders, delivery orders, and other forms of financial assistance accessible to the constituents.

This bill expands upon e-government management tools by making all government funding awards, grants, contracts, and loans are easily searchable on a public website.

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