Preparations are underway for the holding of the convergence against corruption, the biggest gathering of anti-corruption advocates set to be held in Boracay Island on December this year.
This was announced by Noel Cabobos, founding chairman of Bawal ang Korap, a non-profit anti-corruption advocacy organization committed to highlighting practical actions that can be taken to combat corruption and rise to the challenge of placing God’s justice at the heart of our societies.
The advocacy group, Cabobos said, is composed of a new generation of change-makers advocating good governance and sustainable development.
Cabobos, who also acts as chair of the event which aims to gather 400 to 500 advocates all over the country, said that the convergence is in line with the group’s mission to provide a forum of information, support, and sharing among prime movers of anti-corruption campaigns as well as to further galvanize the movement of anti-corruption advocates to embrace integrity, dignity, honesty, and perseverance in their family work, professional enterprise and social involvement by making themselves the model and principled conduits of spiritual, social, moral and material transformation.
The gathering, he said, is very significant because it will also feature the first round of the association-led regional convergences which will be seen in action every quarter thereafter.
The international community has recognized that tackling corruption is vital for sustaining economic stability and growth, maintaining the security of society, protecting human rights, reducing poverty, protecting the environment for future generations and addressing serious and organized crime.
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) said that corruption poses a significant threat to countries around the world as it undermines democratic institutions, contributes to governmental instability and erodes trust. Corruption threatens the economy by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade, and it disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups by preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity.
UNCAC has also underlined the importance of the active participation of individuals and groups outside the public sector, such as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations, in the prevention of and the fight against corruption and in raising public awareness.
“Corruption acts as a brake on development, denying millions of people around the world the prosperity, rights, services and employment which they desperately need–and deserve. When corruption prevails, development is threatened. Fighting corruption is therefore not only an aim in itself, but also the most effective way to ensure sustainable development and a better future,” UNCAC further noted.
“We have to rise to the challenge of our time since we all have a stake in fighting corruption in our respective communities especially during these trying times wherein some local officials are taking advantage of the cvid-19 pandemic to corner funds that are supposed to be for the people. Therefore we all have to work hard and help in raising awareness, channel information from citizens to the State and exert pressure for political commitment against corruption. And most importantly, we have to demand accountability from our leaders. Bawal ang Korap came into being for this very purpose,” Cabobos underscored.