ripsa3A.- (a) The Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) is a voluntary association originally organized in 1997 among the heads of the Commission on Audit (COA), Office of the Ombudsman (Omb.), Civil Service Commission (CSC), the defunct Presidential Commission Against Graft and Corruption (PCAGC), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

(b) The IAAGCC evolved from a core group of mutual friends composed of CSC Comm. Ramon Ereneta, Asst. Omb. Abelardo Aportadera, and NBI Dep. Dir. Federico Opinion who regularly meet informally as early as in 1993 in the office of COA Comm. Sofronio Ursal to compare notes on the prevalence of graft as uncovered in the field reports of their respective agencies, and to find solutions to the unabated problem of corruption.

After a series of group discussions, the Ombudsman, the Chairmen of COA, CSC, and PCAGC, and the Dir. of NBI, finally forged on June 11, 1997 a Memorandum of Agreement where they voluntarily agreed that their respective agencies closely coordinate with one another; undertake inter-agency skills training; and promote inter-agency conferences. On the same occasion, the signatories approved two Resolutions, one constituting the Inter-Agency Consultative Body (IACB), and the other approving the training course on fraud detection and investigation. Later, on July 24, 1998, the Department of Justice (DOJ) joined the IAAGCC.

Then in a letter dated September 28, 1998 to the Inter-Agency Consultative Body (IACB) Chairman, the then Philippine President commended the member agencies for fostering closer cooperation in the detection, investigation and prosecution of graft.

(c) Some past IAAGCC completed projects that can be cited follow:

1/ Skills training in fraud investigation held at Baguio City on June 23-27, 1997 conducted by the Academy of Certified Fraud Examiners based in Texas, U.S.A. Sixty-seven (67) participants from member agencies attended the seminar.

2/ Symposium on graft prevention and investigation attended by 160 participants from COA, Office of the Ombudsman, CSC, NBI and PCAGC on October 17, 1997 in Quezon City.

3/ Dialogue on team building among regional heads of COA, Office of the Ombudsman, CSC, NBI, and PCAGC of Regions VI, VII and VIII, held in Cebu City on October 31, 1997.

4/ Capability building seminar sponsored by the Canadian International Development Assistance program held at Clark Air Field, Pampanga on March 9-13, 1998 attended by 66 participants from the five member agencies.□

(Excerpts of Chapter 3, pp. 87-108, Readings in Philippine State Audit.)