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Philippines Ombudsman’s “Lifestyle Check Hotline” Project Launched

To increase awareness and promote active participation of the public in the fight against graft and corruption, particularly in the conduct of lifestyle check investigation, the Field Investigation Office (FIO) has launched the OMB Lifestyle Check Hotline (OMB LSC Hotline) during the Office’s 3rd Integrity TV Show which was held last December 9, 2006 at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.        

The OMB LSC Hotline opens its line of communication to encourage the public to report incidents of corruption, especially of the ill-gotten or unexplained wealth of government officials and employees.

FIO investigators, particularly the Associate Graft Investigation Officers and the Legal Assistants serve as Hotline Agents on a daily rotation basis, from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon.

In preparation for the additional task, the investigators were oriented in a simulation/workshop and dry run on December 7, 2006 and February 5, 2007, respectively for the first two batches of agents. The orientation covered basic telephone etiquettes, the duties and responsibilities of the OMB LSC Hotline personnel, and the procedure for receiving various calls and complaints from the public.

The actual operation of the OMB LSC Hotline started last December 11, 2006.  Since then, numerous calls and complaints have been received by the Hotline agents.  Aside from requests for the conduct of lifestyle check investigation, complaints received include bribery/extortion and requests for public assistance, among others.  Follow-up calls were also received.  The OMB LSC Hotline numbers are 927-4102 and 927-2404 (telefax). 

And as the OMB LSC Hotline banner say “corruption is not a victimless crime”, so let us encourage the public to break their silence and report crimes of corruption. 

Posted by the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of the Philippines

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November 21, 2007 at 6:03 am 9 comments


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