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Oplan Red Plate TF reports initial apprehensions in Region 6

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (2 June) -- The initial operation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on OPLAN Red Plate spearheaded by the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas netted a total of 110 apprehensions in Region 6 and was deemed a success.

The initial operation was held April 4 of this year with 7 teams coming from different provinces, five of which conducted checkpoints in Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo Province and Iloilo City, while two teams were on mobile patrol.

The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas was here in Aklan recently to lead in the conduct of the Caravan on Government Services in the province and revealed this information during its radio-hopping stints and at a press conference with the local media here.

The OPLAN RED PLATE Task Force is composed per province of a representative from the offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO); the Philippine National Police (PNP), Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Commission on Audit (COA), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

The OPLAN RED PLATE Project is in line with the issuance of Administrative Order No. 239 of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the TF OPlan Red Plate by Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez and involves monitoring of government vehicles to ensure that such are used prudently, judiciously and efficiently, so as not to produce wastage in government resources.

During the initial operation of the Task Force, Team Aklan apprehended/recorded a total of 16 government vehicles; Team Antique, 7; Team Capiz, 19; Team Guimaras, 10; Team Iloilo City, 13; Team Iloilo Province, 15; and Team Negros Occidental, 30.

A number of reports were also received through the Ombudsman Text Hotline during the Holy Week.

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, their intensified campaign made a remarkable impact not only to government officials concerned but to the general public as well.

"Strict compliance by all national agencies and local government units in the proper use of government vehicles would mean great government savings for the benefit of the Filipino people", the Ombudsman Office report emphasized. (PIA) [top]

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