On Wednesday, May 11, the Transition Committee of presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was formed to work on the transfer of power from the President Benigno Aquino’s administration.
According to a report, the team held their first meeting on Thursday, May 12 and Leoncio ‘Jun’ Evasco Jr., the national campaign manager of Duterte, was tasked to head the transition team.
Other members of the team include Peter Laviña, former councilor of Davao City and Duterte’s spokesperson during the campaign period; Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s executive assistant; Carlos Dominguez, former agriculture secretary and the head of the campaign finance committee; and lawyers Salvador Medialdea and Loreto Ata.
The transition committee was divided into 6 clusters — social development, peace and security, economic agenda, judiciary, government-owned and controlled corporations, infrastructure development to hasten the process of selecting cabinet members. The team had already setup the policy, inauguration and selection subcommittees.
Meanwhile at Malacanang, Aquino had also ordered the formation of the transition committee which will be headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.
“I talked to Mr. Bong Go yesterday (Tuesday) to relay to Mayor Duterte that an Administrative Order is being drafted designating the Executive Secretary as head of the transition team,” Aquino said in a statement relayed by Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
“I further offered that the Cabinet stands ready to brief his team on any and all of their concerns. Lastly, we are committed to effecting the smoothest transition possible,” Aquino added.
Laviña said transition committee will help the mayor identify future members of the Cabinet. The transition team will also create a team to review Duterte and Cayetano’s policy statements during the campaign.
“A team will also be identifying personal envoy to communicate with head of embassies
in the Philippines, churches, civil society organizations, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, business chambers, World Bank, Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA), Asian Development Bank, among others.”
The inauguration team would coordinate with Malacañang protocols. Go said in another report that the presumptive President’s inauguration on June 30 would be simple and “no fanfare.”
Duterte’s core group vowed to work so that his administration will succeed. “Ayaw natin na failure ang bagong administration kaya ginagawa natin ito para suportahan yong bagong nakaupo kung ano programa niya,” said Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez who is poised to be the next House Speaker in the 17th Congress.