The online news portal of TV5
MANILA, Philippines - Seven employees of the Office of the Ombudsman passed the rigid screening procedures for the Certified Fraud Examiners' (CFE) training and certification set by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Philippines Integrity Project.
Of the 49 applicants, only the seven passed the screening.
Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan said the training, which is being implemented by the Management Systems International (MSI), would make them "specialists in the prevention and detection of fraud."
He said the skills of the seven employees in specialized techniques on investigation and prosecution would be enhanced through the training. The program supports the aim of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales of improving fact-finding on graft and corruption cases, according to Rafanan.
The successful applicants are:
- Atty. Francis Euston Acero, of the Preliminary Investigation and Administrative Bureau;
- Graft Prevention and Corruption Officer Czarina May Altez of the Public Assistant and Corruption Prevention Office;
-Associate Graft Investigation Officer Alfredo Bentulan, Jr. of the Office of Legal Affairs;
- Atty. John B. Felix, OMB-Luzon;
-Atty. Emerita Francia of the Preliminary Investigation, Administrative Adjudication and Monitoring Bureau;
-Associate Graft Investigation Officer Cecile Jacqueline Larena of the OMB-Mindanao and
-Associate Graft Investigation Officer Armel Rodrigueza of the Field Investigation Office.
The training fee of $2,000 each was paid by the MSI, while the membership fee of P1,000 for the first year was shouldered by the Office of the Ombudsman.