[Blueboard] Anti-Corruption Resource Center at Ateneo

Amihan R. Perez arperez at ateneo.edu
Wed Aug 24 03:35:50 PHT 2005

Anti-Corruption Resource Center Launched at Ateneo
        Last August 12, the Anti-Corruption Resource Center (ACRC) was 
launched, as a special section of the Databank and Library of the Center 
for Social Policy (CSP) of the Ateneo School of Government (ASG), 
located in the CSP building, Social Development Complex, in the Ateneo 
Loyola Heights campus. This project is a collaborative effort between 
the CSP-ASG and the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), a 
coalition of multi-sectoral organizations dedicated to work for 
anti-corruption and good governance in the country.
        Through the initial generous support of The Asia Foundation and 
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ACRC 
hopes to bring together published and unpublished materials, tools and 
other information guides to facilitate more information-driven and 
better-strategized anti-corruption initiatives. It hopes to consolidate 
knowledge management efforts on the issue of corruption by providing a 
link to various resource centers in the Philippines and abroad that have 
relevant materials on the subject of corruption. It is a continuing 
project that welcomes any form of support towards the enrichment of its 
resources and towards its expansion and/or improvement.
        Among those present at the ACRC Launch held at the Audio-Visual 
Room of the Social Development Complex of the Ateneo de Manila 
University, were representatives from TAN's member organizations, the 
Asia Foundation, World Bank, and friends from the NGO community on the 
Ateneo campus. Present also were the directors of the Ateneo University 
Press and the Rizal Library. From government were leaders from the 
Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) and the Office of Senator 
Edgardo Angrara, and especially Commissioner Emmanuel Dalman of the 
Commission on Audit and Assistant Ombudsman Evelyn Baliton.
        Welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Vincent T. Lazatin, TAN 
Executive Council Chairperson, followed by a short description of the 
project by Fr. Jose J. Magadia, CSP-ASG Director, and an inspirational 
message from Dr. Steven Rood, Resident Representative of the Asia 
Foundation. Mr. Lazatin, Dr. Rood, and Fr. Magadia led the ribbon 
cutting ceremony followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement 
between TAN and CSP-ASG. Certificates of Appreciation were also 
distributed to various organizations for their initial contributions to 
the Resource Center.
    All are welcome to visit the ACRC at the CSP-ASG! To know more about 
TAN and the ACRC, please visit www.tan.org.ph.  

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