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Oplan Red Plate marks 1st anniversary

Warns vs unofficial use of government vehicles this Holy Week

Iloilo (31 March) -- The Inter-Agency Task Force Oplan Red Plate in Region VI, created by the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas on March 30, 2009, is marking its first anniversary of operation.

In a press release, the office, since the creation of this body, has been keen on enforcing and monitoring government vehicles to ensure that these are being used prudently, judiciously and efficiently to avoid wastage of resources.

The task force, composed of the Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, Land Transportation Office, Philippine national Police and the Philippine Information Agency, has not just limited its operation in Iloilo City but on the whole Western Visayas for wider coverage.

Graft Investigation Officer III Evangeline Nunal said, in simultaneous operations in Western Visayas in 2009, 110 red plate vehicles were spotted, many of which are now upgraded to formal cases and under administrative adjudication.

Nunal said a significant positive impact has been observed after a year, as result of the proactive approach that led agencies to comply with required trip tickets and sins or logo on their vehicles.

Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol said a trip ticket is very important so as to disclose the official purpose and personnel involved in the use of vehicles.

The Ombudsman would like to remind public officials of the prohibition on the unauthorized use of red plate vehicles, found unde Section 361(d) of the Government Accounting and Auditing Manual.

The law particularly bans the "use of government vehicles on Sundays, legal holidays, out of regular office hours or outside the route of the officials or employees authorized to use them.

The law also strictly prohibits the use of government vehicles for private social functions and the use of spouses, children relatives, friends and others.

Meanwhile, Ombudsman-Iloilo has asked the public to be vigilant and report any incidence of use of government vehicles for personal use during this Holy Week, especially starting Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter Sunday.

"Since the Holy Week will be observed and people are expected to go to their respective provinces, the possibility of using government vehicles is not remote," Nunal said.

Any incidence of violations spotted can be reported by text to OMB Hotline number 09178898662. (OMB/PIA6/ESS) [top]

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