Welcome to Coalition Against Corruption

Citizens’ participation is crucial in governance. By developing capable and engaged communities, we also build a better nation.

In general, CAC's programs focus on two objectives. First, we empower citizens. We teach volunteers how to monitor the use of public funds. By encouraging volunteerism and sharing monitoring tools, we shape active citizens and reliable partners in national development.

Second, we prevent corruption. We help assess policy, review procurement procedures, and monitor public services of government agencies. By instituting better systems and building up cases to prosecute the corrupt, we deter corruption.

For instance, at the national level the Bishops-Businessmen's Conference, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, and CBCP's Council of the Laity invite retired company executives and non-government representatives to observe in Bids and Awards Committees of public agencies. Observers monitor biddings in 23 agencies, including the departments of Defense, Public Works, Foreign Affairs, Health, and Education.

At the local level, the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace monitors usage of the 20% Internal Revenue Allotment of over 100 barangays in 27 dioceses.

In between elections, NAMFREL volunteers monitor medicine procurement and delivery in 72 hospitals and 16 regional centers to help the Department of Health improve its purchasing and distribution systems. This initiative also allows stakeholders to compare prices of medicines bought by public hospitals.

CODE-NGO has been looking deeper into the use of “pork barrel” funds of congressmen after volunteers found that some funds were misused in certain districts and projects were missing.

Ateneo G-Watch's textbook delivery monitoring project is now on its seventh year of operations in partnership with the Department of Education, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other NGOs.

CAC believes that there are practical solutions to eradicate corruption. But we need the participation of five sectors: business, NGOs, academe, government, and religious. These sectors can bring the campaign against corruption in every home and institution by using their distinct influence and resources.

Each one of us can make a difference in our own little way. Our shared responsibility is to unburden our youth of tomorrow's crusade against corruption. If we can learn from our mistakes today and work together for a corrupt-free nation, then half of the battle is won.


news and events

PTF approves grant to ensure accountability in education sector 

25 June 2010 – The Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) will receive $30,475 in grant from the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) to implement the Citizen Action for Accountability in Education Procurement Project to build civil society's capacity in tracking bids of the Department of Education.

PTF taps EBJFI to set up sustainable procurement monitoring

29 October 2009 – The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has approved a
US$21,508 grant to Evelio B. Javier Foundation Inc. (EBJFI) to institute long-term procurement monitoring of local government units in the provinces of Davao and Cebu.

In Memoriam
Corazon C. Aquino, 1933-2009

5 August 2009 - Former president Corazon C. Aquino served the Filipinos with courage, compassion, and humility. She lived and died as a guiding light to all anticorruption advocates. In 2004, Mrs. Aquino reminded the Coalition Against Corruption to keep the beacon lit, to pass the torch across sectors and through generations to show that there are people who still care about this country who will stand up and do something about corruption. Read more

Your NO Counts

8 December 2008 - December 9 is
International Anti-Corruption Day,
as designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution
58/4 in 2003. The objective of the celebration is to raise awareness on
the devastating effects of corruption on poverty reduction, human security and sustainable development, and to support local and global efforts to combat it.

The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Corruption. Your 'NO' Counts.” The logo and slogan are available in all the official UN languages on the UNODC website along with outreach materials such as posters, leaflets and audio and television spots.

Youth camp for social change 

15 November 2008 – More than 1,200 youth representatives coming from Catholic schools, parish youth ministries, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), public high schools and non-sectarian schools in Metro Manila were convened for a leadership youth camp dubbed "Bidahan: Be the Change" last 14 and 15 November 2008 at the La Salle Greenhills.

DND renews commitment with CAC to sustain transparency in defense contracts

28 August 2008 – The Department of National Defense (DND) reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring continued transparency in procurement transactions within the defense establishment as it re-engaged the Coalition Against Corruption (CAC), represented by officers of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development (BBC) as official observers to the procurement process in the DND.

Millennium Challenge Corporation conducts consultation with CSOs

15 August 2008 – The Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), together with the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov), Lawyers' League for Liberty (Libertas), Makati Business Club (MBC), Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) and Transparency International-Philippines (TI-Philippines), organized a Consultation Workshop among various civil society organizations (CSOs) on 8 August 2008 to discuss the Philippines' eligibility to receive grant money from the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

PTF inks grant agreement with INCITEGov to monitor LGU projects

24 June 2008 - The Partnership for Transparency Fund has signed a grant agreement amounting to US$25,069 with the International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence Governance (INCITEGov) for the latter’s project entitled “Participatory Monitoring for Barangay Infrastructure and Health Projects in the Province of Isabela.”

NAMFREL Signs Grant Agreement with PTF

namfrel-ptf12 June 2008 – National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) volunteers will now count and monitor deliveries of medicines instead of ballots in between elections. Namfrel secretary general Eric Alvia and Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) board member Geert van der Linden have signed a one-year grant agreement for the Medicine Monitoring Project that will cover eight hospitals and two Centers for Health Development.

Mactan Chamber Launches “Catch a Big Pugapo”

5 May 2008 – The Cebu Business Club and the Mactan Island Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) recently launched their own “Catch a Big Pugapo” campaign as a tie-up with the Coalition Against Corruption’s “Catch a Big Fish” project.

Auditors team up with bishops and businessmen to monitor gov't procurement

5 May 2008 The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Bishops-Businessmen's Conference for Human Development (BBC), a member of the Coalition Against Corruption (CAC), to intensify monitoring of government procurements.

CAC Launches Big Fish Project

15 April 2008 – "While the campaign against corruption at the community level helps build a strong base, it is a long and slow process. Unless an example is made of a high official that is indicted, convicted, and finally jailed, it is difficult to make the general public believe that there is hope in overcoming corruption in this country," said Jose Cuisia Jr., chairman of the Coalition Against Corruption, during the launch of a new campaign at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.

press statements

The Verdict on Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

18 February 2009 – Last December 1, 2008, the Coalition Against Corruption pointed out that “corruption is the gravest threat to Philippine democracy and society today.” In that statement, we also strongly urged Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to act on pending high-profile corruption cases, to increase the office’s pool of competent field investigators, and, most importantly, to uphold her mandate to serve as protector of the people and not of the powerful.

On Presidential Doleouts

25 June 2008 - The President recently announced the expenditure of P2 billion for a program to award grants to poor families, among several other new subsidy programs. We laud her intention to assist the poor especially during this difficult period. However...

Statement on the Big Fish Project

15 April 2008 – As we reported on the work of its members earlier in today's program, the Coalition Against Corruption is making steady progress. We have been operating as a movement for nearly four years. We believe it is time to raise our targets while continuing to lay the groundwork for building a culture of antipathy for corruption in the local communities.

Joint Statement on the Malacañang Cash Giveaways

30 October 2007 – Pampanga governor Ed Panlilio's revelation that he was given a bagful of cash amounting to P500,000 at an official function at Malacañang is concrete proof of what we have long suspected - that corruption is endemic in the “transactional politics” being practiced by many of our public officials.

Hasten investigation on the lamp post scam

10 July 2007 – The purchase of overpriced lamp posts in Cebu is a clear violation of law, if proven to be true. The Coalition Against Corruption (CAC) urges the Ombudsman to hasten its investigation of the case.

Statement on corruption in the military

6 December 2004—The facts uncovered in the case of General Carlos F. Garcia in the last few weeks appears to point to unexplained wealth on the part of an officer in a sensitive position. The government and the military must now relentlessly and vigorously proceed with a full investigation and appropriate judicial proceedings.

Led by NAMFREL volunteers nationwide and in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Medicine Monitoring Project focuses on monitoring the procurement, delivery and inventory of medicines and other medical supplies in 72 DOH retained hospitals and 16 Centers for Health Development

corruption cases
1. Fertilizer Scam
2. Gen. Carlos Garcia Plunder Case
3. Hernani Perez Bribery Case
4. Megapacific Vote Counting Machines Deal
5. NBN-ZTE Broadband Deal
6. Lamp Post Scam
7. Malacañang Cash Giveaways


want to help?

If you wish to help in our programs, email us. For further questions, you may call the CAC secretariat at tel. nos. (+632)751-1144 and look for Mr. Edward C. Gacusana