The Office of the Ombudsman launched its Operation: Public Assistance today, May 7, 2012 as one of its activities in celebration of its 24th anniversary.
In coordination with the City Government of Quezon City and under the theme, “OMB at 24: Restoring Trust and Integrity in Public Service”, the Office of the Ombudsman has set up “Ombudsman” desks at the lobby of the Main Building of Quezon City Hall at 8:30 am to 4:30 pm today until tomorrow.
Services would cover legal assistance, PVAO/SSS/GSIS Claims, and grievances against public officials/employees.
Open to the general public, the soft launching of the public assistance project was led by Assistance Ombudsman Evelyn Baliton of OMB’s Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office.
Baliton said that “the project will step up the level of public awareness on the other major function of the Office of the Ombudsman which is, upon complaint by any citizen, any officer or employee of the Government may be directed, at the instance of the Office, to perform and expedite any act or duty required by law, or to stop, prevent, and correct any abuse or impropriety in the performance of duties.”
The launching was graced by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, among others.