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Law re-filed to strengthen and clarify OGCC
Rogelio Quevedo, the government corporate counsel, said on Thursday that the reintroduced law before Congress governing the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) will clearly define the agency’s powers and consolidate the OGCC’s powers, which are currently governed by a number of presidential decrees and executive orders.
Speaking before the Laging Handa public forum, Quevedo emphasized the agency’s function as the State’s representative in the hundreds of GOCCs and businesses in which the government has an interest.
“It will make the connection between the OGCC and other government corporations more distinct. The current situation is that many presidential decrees and executive orders explain the duties of the OGCC. The laws may be clarified and additional attorneys could be hired if a statute established an OGCC charter “added Quevedo in Filipino.
He gave his word that the OGCC would continue to carry out its mandate as the government’s fiscalizer.
“Due to our independence, we serve on the “Board” of numerous government corporations, which is not just restricted to legal matters. Therefore, we pledge to fulfill our obligations as fiscalizers in all of these government businesses as well as statutory legal counsel, “said Quevedo.
“It is crucial that the contract needs to be given due course before any decision of the board of directors is adopted,” he continued.
In contrast to the Commission on Audit (COA), Quevedo claimed that “the OGCC is there before the contract is signed and implemented, the COA is for post-audit once the project is concluded.”
The Senate Bill 2490 and the House of Representatives Bill 9088, both titled “An Act Strengthening the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) by Rationalizing and Further Professionalizing Its Organization, Upgrading Positions and Appropriating Funds Therefor,” were vetoed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in July.
One of the grounds the President gave for the veto, according to Malacanang, was “the high remuneration to be paid the OGCC lawyers.”
The grant of oversight and control over legal departments of government enterprises, the potential breach of the government’s One Trust Fund policy, and the deterioration of the relationship with the Secretary of Justice were the additional justifications for the veto.
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