Aguirre forms committee for DOJ 120th anniversary


MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II created an organizing committee to handle the preparations of the 120th Founding Anniversary Preparation of Department of Justice (DoJ) on September 25 to 29.

In his Department Order No. 447 issued on June 30, 2017, Aguirre named Undersecretary Raymund L. Mecate as over-all chairperson and he will be assisted by Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan, and DOJ Assistant Secretaries Juvy R. Manwong and Adonis P. Sulit.

The Department Order also created for sub-committees on Oversight, Program, Finance, Invitation, Physical Arrangement and Security arrangements.

The milestone event will be celebrated by the DOJ from the said dates, with a culmination activity set for Sept. 29, at the Philippine International Convention Center where President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.

“DOJ @120 is a once and a lifetime event for the DOJ family. It is a very significant milestone in our existence which should be properly celebrated and commemorated. We are challenging our organizing committee to do just that,” Aguirre said in a statement.

Aguirre also said the during the anniversary it will launch its Frontline Services Center.

Aguirre said the Frontline Services Center is located at the DOJ Main office grounds with 15 transaction windows to allow the public immediate access to the following DOJ offices:

National Prosecution Service Docket; Board of Claims; Witness Protection Program; Internal Affairs Unit; Releasing of Request with DOJ, that has two transaction windows and manned by National Prosecution Service; Records; Legal Staff, which has two transaction windows; Personnel; Finance; Office of the Secretary Docket; Cashier and Personnel.

“Justice and ready access to it is a service that the public should be assisted in getting easy access to. That is the goal which we hope to accomplish with the opening of our DOJ frontline services center. I have tasked our DOJ personnel assigned to man the center to be courteous and helpful to anyone who will seek the assistance of the DOJ particularly for the lost, the last and the least of our society,” Aguirre said.

The Frontline Services Center had its trial run last Tuesday.

“We hope that with the soft opening of our DOJ Frontline Services Center, our services will be more accessible to the public as we endeavor to serve more of our countrymen. Since it is still in the soft opening stages, it is trial and error. We hope to fine tune our operations in time for the formal blessing and launching of the DOJ Frontline Services Center during our DOJ@120 Founding Anniversary Celebrations,” Aguirre noted. with Monica Guevarra (OJT)/