Cebu Roundtable Discussion with SMEs
On October 13, the Hills Program on Governance conducted its second anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD), entitled "Cultivating a culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs at the Carolinian Inn of the University of San Carlos-Cebu. Similar to the structure of the Manila RTD, it aims to identify and assess the progress of previous SME training participants and Integrity Pledge signatories in preventing bribery and implementing anti-corruption measures in their respective businesses/organizations using a compliance questionnaire.
Through a series of activities, the RTD engaged the participants to share the facilitating and hindering factors that they encountered in aiming for a corrupt-free and ethical business. Among others, the RTD gleaned the following important outputs from the participants: 10 Knowledge of relevant laws and business processes are keys in avoiding corruption during private-public transactions, and 2) Both leadership and personal conviction are needed to curb corruption; Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC), a subject on morals taught during elementary should be revisited and emphasized because this serves as a foundation for business integrity.
Participants for the Cebu RTD include SMES such as DMC Busa Printers, Waffle Time Inc., Cebu Graphic Star, Hydronet Consultants, and Helion Clearance Solution, among others. The events was also graced by representatives from business and industry associations such as the European Chamber of Commerce-Cebu and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. An official from the Department of Trade and Industry Region 7 (DTI-7) also participated in the RTD.
The RTD is part of the Center's Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project Phase III, which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.