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Region 8 organizes Task Force Red Plate

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (17 February) -- The Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas (OMB) has joined forces to topple and apprehend the illegal use of red plate vehicle or government owned vehicle by organizing a Task Force Red Plate.

The task force red plate is an inter-agency undertaking composed of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Commission on Audit (COA), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) duty bound to take cognizance of the illegal use of red plate vehicle specially not for official use.

This after Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo has issued Administrative Order No. 239 signed on September 15, 2008, prohibiting the use of government vehicles for purposes other than official business and for other purposes which triggered the basis of the said administrative order the continuous rise in the prices of oil in the world market, calls for the government to exert efforts to promote the judicious use of our energy resources through intensified conservation effort and efficient utilization.

According to Hon. Pelagio S. Apostol, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas the task force is an anti-corruption effort which aims to address and caution all government agencies to properly use their service vehicle for official use only if they don't want to be penalized and face the consequences of their misdemeanor.

Hon. Apostol, likewise cautioned to the erring public officers that they won't escape the consequencies of their misdemeanor because the task force is a networking of law enforcement agencies and investigative bodies who has a concurrent jurisdiction of all public officers to try and decide cases that fall either administrative or criminal case.

Said administrative order specifically points out that the use of government vehicles by bureaus and offices shall be authorized only through the issuance of a serially numbered trip ticket, duly signed by an authorized official. These motor vehicles shall be used strictly for official business, bear government plates, and after office hours and during weekends and holidays kept in a garage designated/ provided therefore by the bureau or office to avoid unauthorized use.

It further stated that all government agencies and offices are prohibited from using government vehicles for purposes other than official business. Provided, that in every case, the trip ticket authorizing the use of the vehicle shall be displayed on the windshield or in another conspicuous place on the vehicle; provided further, that vehicles used by intelligence and investigative agencies of the government shall not be covered by the foregoing proviso.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) thru its Regional Director Atty. Davide E. Cabanag, Jr. said that the task force will apply everything within its power to fully implement the real intention of the Administrative Order and accept it as a challenge on their part. (PIA-8) [top]

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