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Ombudsman moves into own building in Mindanao

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After nearly 30 years of having to rent office space, the Office of the Ombudsman finally moved into its own facility in Mindanao on Tuesday.

Ombudsman Conchita Morales led the inauguration of the new Ombudsman at Libra cor. Earth streets at GSIS Heights Subdivision in Davao City.

“After an intense period of careful planning and faithful implementation of the project, the OMB Mindanao now has a home it can call its own,” Morales said.

She said the new building now serves as a place where citizens can “find refuge in the face of government abuse.”

Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo Elman, who served at the Ombudsman’s Mindanao unit for 28 years, said their rented office space had become too small.

When it opened in 1988, the Ombudsman Mindanao was located at the Mintrade building along Monteverde. It moved to H & C Building along Alvarez St. in May 1996.

The new three-story building, costing P187.67 million, is located on a 2,798-square-meter lot behind the GSIS compound.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sent a message read by City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, saying she trusts the new building “will allow you to better discharge your mandate to the Filipino people.”