Corruption Practices Among Young Elective Public Officials (Sanggunian Kabataan) In Iligan City, Southern Philippines



This study attempts to explore the involvement in graft and corruption among elective barangay youth officials in a city in
Southern Philippines. Using a qualitative research design employing a case study method, 10 informants were included in this
study and were selected using snowball sampling technique. The findings indicated that the informants were aware of the forms
of graft and corrupt practices stipulated in the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in the Philippines (RA 3019) and other legal
documents. However, despite this, most of them admitted to have been involved in any of the follow-ing irregular acts while in
public service: malversation of public funds, evasion of public bidding in the purchase of supplies and equipments, forgery,
bribery, making ghost projects and payrolls, abuse of powers, among others. It was known also that corruption was caused
mainly by bureaucratic dys-functions especially in the delay of budget releases and political socialization with older and corrupt
barangay officials who passed on the techniques of corruption to the young leader informants. The policy implications of the
study demands further strength-ening of governmental structures and processes that would ensure observance of good
governance among public officials both at the barangay ( local) and national levels.

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