The Office of the Ombudsman has its Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)which acts as the legal arm of the Office. Its major functions include the following: acts on appeals or petitions for review on decisions, resolutions or final orders issued by the area and sectoral offices of the OMB in administrative disciplinary and criminal cases; represents the Office in, or in coordination with, the Office of the Solicitor General in appeals and/or original petitions for certiorari, prohibition or mandamus filed before the Court of Appeals, Supreme Court or any other court involving the decisions, resolutions or orders of the Office in administrative disciplinary cases and in original special civil actions, except those falling within the jurisdiction of the OSP, relating to criminal cases resolved or disposed of by the OMB; and represents the Office in any other case before the courts and quasi-judicial bodies where the interests of the Office are involved.The Project Management Office (PMO) was created pursuant to OMB Resolution No. 07, series of 2004. The Resolution explained fully the need for the appropriate management strategies and mechanisms to be put in place for the proper synchronization of the various reform projects and activities and to establish an organizational set-up that will manage and coordinate these projects. The PMO is given the overall responsibility of managing and coordinating all donor-assisted projects and activities.