Duterte issues first EO reorganizing Office of the President

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Thursday, 7 July 2016 - Last Updated on December 9, 2016

Duterte07President Rodrigo Duterte on July 4 issued his first Executive Order reorganizing the Office of the President (OP) in order to streamline the anti-poverty programs of the government.

Under the new clustering, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio ‘Jun’ Evasco will supervise 12 line agencies that are directly under the OP.

These agencies include the Cooperative Development Authority, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, National Youth Commission, the Office of the President-Presidential Action Center, the Philippine Commission on Women, and the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor.

The National Food Authority and the Philippine Coconut Authority—two agencies under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization in the previous administration, will remain under the control of the Office of the President.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), whose head of agency had a Cabinet-level rank under the previous administration, was reverted back to its previous rank of undersecretary and removed from its mother line agency, the Department of Labor and Employment.

These agencies which shall be supervised by the Cabinet Secretary, are tasked to “primarily evaluate the existing poverty reduction programs and, if deemed necessary, formulate a more responsive set of programs complementing existing ones, channeling resources as necessary to reduce both the incidence and magnitude of poverty.”

They shall develop specific programs and projects that seek to reduce poverty, improve the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of society; promote social education of the people to allow them to participate in effecting real change by keeping watch of the affairs of the government and listen to the peoples’ feedback.

According to the EO, the OP is mandated to manage overall development process and advance national development goals stipulated in the Philippine Development Plan, the President’s Inaugural Address, and the President’s Governance Agenda.

”The administration aims to advance development goals and uplift the quality of life of all Filipinos through a holistic, convergent, and participatory approach to leadership and governance,” the EO stated.

”The Office of the President consists of various agencies that carry out responsibilities pertinent to development and management, general government administration and internal administration,” it added.

The same EO provides that the office and functions of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), the

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Office of the Appointments Secretary, and the Presidential Management Staff are placed under Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go.

The order also created an Events Management Cluster under the OP “to ensure effective collaboration” among offices involved in preparations for presidential engagements. This includes the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), the Presidential Security Group (PSG), Office of the Chief Presidential Protocol, Media Accreditation and Relations Office (MARO), and Radio-Television Malacañang.

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