Ombudsman office for EV to open in Tacloban City
TACLOBAN CITY- As part of its campaign to make the government “closer to the people,” an ombudsman office is soon to open in Eastern Visayas.
Deputy Ombudsman Pelagio Apostol said that by having its own office in Eastern Visayas, it would now be convenient for the people who have a complaint against erring government officials or personnel to file their complaint without going to Cebu.
The planned regional office of the Ombudsman is to be located in Tacloban City, the regional capital involving 35 personnel.
The regional office is expected to operate by next month with a regional director to be appointed by their central office in Manila.
“With a regional office, it will now be convenient for our people to follow up their complaints without going to Cebu. Our office will now be accessible to the people here in Eastern Visayas,” Apostol said.
“We want to bring the government closer to the people,” he added, referring to other reason on the putting up of an Ombudsman office in Eastern Visayas.
Without providing figure, Apostol revealed that their office in Cebu receives more complaints coming from Eastern Visayas compared to that of Region VI (Western Visayas).
“And most of those complaints involves local officials like mayors,” he said.
Aside from its Cebu office, the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas has also its office in Iloilo covering the Western Visayas Region.
It was learned from the deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas that he has been lobbying before their central office since 2008 that a regional Ombudsman office be put up in the region considering on the big number of complaints lodged before their office.
Apostol said that with a regional office, the program of the Ombudsman, which is protecting the interest of the public, “will now be enhanced.”
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that he welcomes the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to put up its own office in Eastern Visayas.
“It will now serve as a warning to corrupt officials and at the same time, build confidence and comfort among our people that the Office of the Ombudsman is now here in Tacloban, in Eastern Visayas,” Romualdez said.
Apostol paid a courtesy call to the mayor of this city.
By JOEY A. GABIETA
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