Australian gov't supports PH anti-corruption project

Australia lauded the Philippine government for its initiative to push for greater transparency in using public funds, in spite of an ongoing pork barrel scam controversy that has hounded the Aquino adminstration.

In a statement, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said: “A more effective and open budget process in the Philippines is essential to combat corruption and direct public spending to where the development needs are greatest."

He added that initiatives like zero-based budgeting and the Open Government Partnership is a testament to the administration’s vow to push for greater government transparency and accountability.

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