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 partners with MBC and ANSA-EAP for AUSAID Grant

August 2012 - A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), the Makati Business Club (MBC) and The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – East Asia and the Pacific Foundation (ANSA- EAP) for the grants management and knowledge sharing components of a new project.

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Report on APEC Procurement Transparency Standards in the Philippines

The Procurement Watch, Inc. in cooperation with Transparency International- USA through a project funded by the GE Foundation recently released a report on the impact of the APEC Government Procurement Standards on procurement transparency and integrity in the Philippines. Read more

Click here to download and read more on the report, APEC Procurement Transparency Standards in the Philippines: A Work in Progress. (PDF)


Ecolink Philippines receives 2nd grant from PTF this year

The Partnership For Transparency Fund (PTF) has approved a grant of US $39,500 to Ecolink Philippines for the implementation of Bantay Red Plate. The program, in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Coalition Against Corruption, aims to promote... Read more


ASOG Dean Tony La Viña, JSD and PTF Country Director Geert van der Linden
PTF signs grant agreements with ASOG G-Watch

The Partnership For Transparency Fund (PTF) recently approved a grant of US $35,045 to long-time partner, Ateneo School of Government (ASOG G-Watch) for the implementation of the “Combating Corruption Through School- Based Monitoring of Education Services in the Philippines

CAC Lauds DBM’s eTails System

The Department of Budget and Management now has a programme called electronic Transparency and Accountability Initiative for Lump Sum Funds (eTAILS), a management information system that digitizes the processing of lump sum funds and supports the timely disclosure of lump sum fund release information on the DBM website. The Coalition Against Corruption lauds this measure to help citizens understand the National Budget easier and to get more involved in the budget process. Click on the link http://www.dbm.gov.ph/pdaf.php to view fund releases and other information.

 PTF Approves Two Grants for Northern Luzon

The Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG) will receive $39,500 in grant from the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) to implement Participatory Local Governance in Northern Luzon (PLG-NL) Project which seeks to strengthen citizen participation in the public finance management cycle at the barangay level in Northern Luzon.  It involves in-depth interventions in selected communities which entail research on the conditions of governance, capacity building of citizens, monitoring of government projects, policy advocacy, and partnership building with Barangay Councils and different government agencies/units.

PhilDHRRA Project Update

26 April 2011 - The Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) conducted training for field monitors in Cebu and Bohol last March 25 and April 14 for the PTF-CAC supported project, Harnessing Multi-Stakeholder Efforts to Promote Transparency and Accountability in the Department of Agriculture-Region 7 (Bantay Agri Project).  The trained field monitors were deployed on the first week of April and are expected to complete the monitoring by the end of May.

CAC signs MOU with DOF and other CSOs for anti-corruption initiative

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Coalition Against Corruption, the Department of Finance, as well as other partner stakeholders for the partnership in support of good governance last March 3, 2011 at Land Bank of the Philippines- Ayala Avenue Branch, Makati City. This is to encourage citizen’s participation in reporting anomalies and other forms of graft and corruption through the Pera ng Bayan website.

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

Protecting the Integrity of Public Funds Through Greater Transparency

18 August 2013 - On May 2010, the Filipino people made a collective decision to place the Philippines on the straight path towards greater transparency and accountability. In this light, we express our grave concern over the alleged P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, implicating a number of our senators and congressmen, and supposedly operated by Janet Lim-Napoles. Read more 

Coalition Against Corruption Statement on the Impeachment Trial

29 February 2012 - All public officials are accountable to the people. This is especially true for those occupying high positions. To ensure that the highest officials are accountable and worthy of the people’s trust, the Constitution provides for an impeachment process. Read more

Impeach Merceditas Gutierrez

7 March 2011 - The Coalition Against Corruption respectfully asks Congress to expedite the impeachment process involving Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez for the sake of truth and justice. Two years ago we said that our country needs an Ombudsman who is a skilled administrator, a committed public defender, a staunch protector of whistleblowers and victims of corruption, a paragon of independence and integrity, and a sentinel of justice. After six years in office, Gutierrez has failed to show that she embodies these qualities.

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.

The Corona Impeachment

Led by NAMFREL volunteers nationwide and in partnership with the Department of Health (D
the Medicine Monitoring Project 2 focuses on monitoring the procurement, delivery and inve
of medicines and other medical supplies in 72 DOH retained hospitals and 16 Centers for Hea
Development. Click here for the latest update

supported projects under implementation
  1. Abra Water & Irrigation Systems Watch
  2. Strengthening CSO Participation
  3. Citizen Action for Accountability in Education Procurement
  4. Subay Agri
  5. Medicine Monitoring II
  6. Government Procurement Monitoring Systems in the provinces of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Biliran
  7. Sangguniang Kabataan Watch: Exit Phase
  8. The conditional cash transfer project
  9. Strengthening citizen participation in barangay governance


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