Ombudsman brings satellite office to North Luzon

ROSALES, Pangasinan, May 5 (PIA) — The establishment of the satellite office of the office of the Ombudsman in Pangasinan aims to bring the Ombudsman’s services closer to the people of North Luzon.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the establishment of the satellite office is inevitable given the wide jurisdiction of the office.

She said the Rosales office was necessary in enforcing the eradication of graft and corruption in North Luzon even if a satellite office located in Laguna was already opened in 2006.

“Indeed we have to cooperate so we can abandon the culture of corruption, eradicate the culture of graft and break the cycle of impunity,” Morales said in her speech during the inauguration of the new office building.

Speaking in her local Ilocano dialect, Morales enjoined her fellow government workers present to serve the people without thinking of making their pockets fatter.

The chief said the satellite office would give more accessibility to people and will cut travel time in going to the Manila main office.

“This would address any delay and would involve more people in fighting graft,” she said.

Almost 3,000 cases of graft and corruption have been disposed since she assumed office, she said. A detailed statistics will be made public after her first year anniversary in office on May 11.

The three-storey building standing on a 3.5 hectare donated lot in barangay Carmay, this town, was inaugurated on April 30 in a simple ceremony.

Several people were given citation during the event for their contribution to the establishment of the satellite office to include former Chairman on Appropriations and now Quirino Governor Juni Cua, Special Prosecutor Rabindranath Uy, former Pangasinan 6th district Congressman Conrado Estrella III and lot donor Pancracio “Bobby” Rodriquez. Former Ombudsman Merciditas Gutierrez also graced the event. (JCR/ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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