The United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which adopted the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), designated December 9 as the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) aimed at raising awareness on corruption and the role of the UNCAC in the anti-corruption agenda. For 2018, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), both at the forefront of the campaign, adopted as theme “United Against Corruption.” A continuing theme from 2017, the main message behind the campaign is a call for an inclusive and united power to stand and fight against corruption, which is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The country’s own commemoration of December as the Anti-Corruption Month is by virtue of Republic Act No. 10589 signed in 2013.

The Civil Service Commission joins government, civil societies, and ordinary citizens around the world in supporting this campaign. As the lead implementer of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 for the past 10 years, the CSC prepared the Philippine government for the implementation of the new law, the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.  Both laws aim to curb corruption by eliminating red tape in all government services and transactions. As a quasi-judicial body, the CSC also upholds anti-corruption initiatives in the disposition of administrative and disciplinary cases, as well as the implementation of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct for Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. This includes the monitoring of the submission of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth or SALN.

For more information on this campaign, contact the Office of the Ombudsman at telephone no. +632 479 7300 or visit their website at



This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being—regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 


For more information on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, follow the link:


The National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), which is conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) every five years, provides a picture of the alarming incidence of VAW in the Philippines. 

Results from the preliminary NDHS conducted in 2017 show that out of the 11,558 ever-married Filipino women aged 15 to 49 surveyed, one in 4 or 26% has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner. These survey results are more indicative of the prevalence of violence in the country, since the administrative data on number of clients served by service providers like the police, social workers, and health workers only capture cases reported to these offices.  

Considering such prevalence, the 2018 Campaign will continue to emphasize the role of all individuals in combating violence against women and girls within various institutions. To do this, the 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW shall focus on Primary Prevention to reduce incidents of VAW across the country. This can be achieved by letting people understand VAW from the point of view of victim-survivors. It is hoped that such deeper understanding would ignite compassion from stakeholders, so that they would not commit, condone, or remain silent about VAW. For service providers, such compassion towards victim-survivors would encourage them to provide better services to their clients. 

Campaign Theme

The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the annual 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, from year 2016 to 2021. The theme elevates the campaign to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a community free from violence against women and girls, and highlights what can be done to achieve such. 

Campaign Objectives

The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW aims to: 

1. Give the public a glimpse of a VAW victim-survivor's ordeal to later develop in them the virtue of compassion or malasakit;

2. Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience, provide information on the laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and 

3. Gather public support for the Campaign.

For more information, visit the Philippine Commission on Women webpage at

The CSC-Civil Service Institute invites public sector executives, managers, directors, and division chiefs or those in equivalent positions to attend the 4th Quarter CSI Leadership Series on 21 November 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Quezon City. The one-day forum will center on the theme "Authentic Leadership."

About the CSI Leadership Series The CSI Leadership Series is a learning and networking event held on a quarterly basis designed to inspire government executives, directors, and managers to continually enhance their leadership effectiveness. It showcases the best practices of successful leaders and managers in both the government and the private sectors. It is based on the premise that an executive or manager has the power of influence and the capability to bring about significant impact on people and organizations, especially on those they work with or whom they serve.

About the Theme Authenticity by definition refers to having a sense of genuineness. An authentic leader is one who is genuine through their thoughts and acts and upholds beliefs that promote the welfare of the organization ahead of their own self- interest. They lead with their heart and are always in pursuit of carrying out the organization's mission. For the final offering of the CSI Leadership Series of 2018, leaders will discover how being genuine, fair-minded, and more importantly, knowing themselves would greatly impact the fulfillment of their roles.

By the end of the program, participants shall be able to:

  • appreciate authentic and values-driven leadership in the workplace which have an impact on decision-making and strategy formulation and implementation amidst challenging and unpredictable circumstances;
  • discuss core public service values for heightened individual and organizational performance; and
  • acquire best practices of authentic leadership from varied organizations and select which among these are best fitted for their own leadership styles, approaches, and respective workplaces.

Finally, the event will help leaders become servant-heroes by leading with efficiency and effectiveness as well as championing values-driven practices and decisions.

To know more about the event and register a slot online, please go to

Authentic Leadership Advisory