SMEs and SME associations from Laguna shared their experiences of corruption challenges as well as their various initiatives to promote compliance and business integrity in the recent Anti-corruption Training for SME Associations. “We encourage small food processors to declare their actual income taxes through our taxation seminars. We also engage government agencies, for instance, we talk with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the lowering of registration fees,” Mr. Clarke Nebrao of the Association of Laguna Food Processors, Inc. (ALAFOP) articulated. This event was held on April 25, 2016 in the Continuing Education Center (CEC), UP Los Baños, Laguna. It was the last in the series of anti-corruption trainings under the project “Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business: Combating Corruption in the Private Sector Project Phase III”, funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) based in Washington D.C.
The training emphasized compliance and integrity concepts as well as the role of SME associations in combating corruption and promoting integrity. Participants were also engaged in analyzing corruption scenarios in day-to-day business operations. Finally, participants designed a compliance-based anti-corruption program for their companies and their associations.
The training participants are from business associations particularly the ALAFOP, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)- Region IVA and IVB, PCCI-San Pablo City, and the Laguna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The SME participants came from the sectors of food processing, organic agriculture, health service, real estate, machineries, landscaping, handicrafts and footwear manufacturing.