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Ombudsman Lauds San Fernando City Governance

Ombudsman cites San Fernando City’s systems, standards

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, March 11 (PNA) — The Office of the Ombudsman has recognized the city government here for implementing and maintaining a system that conforms to the standards of “doing business with ease” and for voluntarily opening its transaction records to the anti-graft body that is charged with addressing issues of maladministration.

Mayor Pablo C. Ortega said that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, through Deputy Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera, has awarded the city government the “Blue Certification Level 1” after it complied with the requirements on the agency’s Level 1 Certification.

“Personnel of the Office of the Ombudsman were so elated that we have opened our transactions and record for them; they say that most local government units (LGUs) are afraid to open their books for them to verify,” Ortega said.

It was reported that most graft cases being handled by the Ombudsman are those involving the country’s LGUs and the Philippine National Police.

The scope of the certification for the city government of San Fernando is on the registration of new businesses and renewal of business permits. The city government was audited and documented in a report and was verified that its system is compliant with the requirement for Level 1 Certification.

The certification was recently presented to Mayor Ortega at the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon in Diliman, Quezon City. The certification will expire on February 15, 2019.(PNA)

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