The $21 million Philippines Threshold Program focuses on addressing improved revenue administration and anti-corruption efforts and is consistent with the “Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan, 2004-2010,” which was announced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2004. With support for its anti-corruption initiatives, the Government of the Philippines will further accelerate the pace of sustainable and continuous efforts to stamp out corruption, plug revenue leaks, increase tax collection and ultimately channel more resources to poverty reduction programs such as in healthcare, education and social services.
The Philippines Threshold Program will reduce corruption by strengthening the Office of the Ombudsman and strengthening enforcement within three areas of the Department of Finance (DOF)—the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The U.S. Agency for International Development will take the lead in implementation, working closely with MCC. Other U.S. agencies may also be involved.