Expect Duterte to make surprise rounds, says incoming Cabinet secretary
MANILA – Incoming Cabinet Secretary Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. on Thursday said President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's national policy of eliminating corruption and red tape must also be implemented by local government units (LGUs).
"There is the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] that supervises the operation of the LGUs. It's now incumbent on the DILG to check that the LGUs are in line with the national policy of the president," said Evasco during a phone interview on DZMM's Failon Ngayon.
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The outgoing Maribojoc, Bohol mayor said Duterte need not make such a policy, but just issue a reminder as the DILG already has guidelines on the matter.
He said the DILG must ensure that LGUs efficiently deliver services to the people.
Still, to ensure that public complaints are not ignored, Evasco said he will suggest to the president the establishment of a center that will do just this.
"I will recommend to the president, we will set up a separate complaint and action center where complaints should be directed to the Office of the President, and the Office of the President will come up with a mechanism that will convey all the complaints to the respective LGUs and check whether these complaints are acted upon," he said.
Before he was named Cabinet secretary, Evasco was considered for the DILG post, but Duterte said this was not possible since Evasco is a former leftist rebel priest who would have powers to give orders to his former enemy, the police.
Evasco was the outgoing Davao City mayor's national campaign manager in the May 9 elections. He was also a former chief of staff of Duterte before he ran for mayor of Maribojoc town in 2007. He served for three consecutive terms.
As Cabinet Secretary, he will be reporting directly to the president.
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"People should look forward to a new style of governance in connection with the Duterte presidency," he said, adding that the president-elect may still opt to make surprise rounds just like what he was used to do when he was still a mayor.
"Expect that the president will do this," he said.
Evasco also added that Duterte is still looking for people who will be part of his cabinet. He said the new administration's cabinet will be complete by June 30.
"The president is still looking for, as what he told us earlier, an honest person who could complement his vision for the Philippines," he said.
Meanwhile, he said they are still deliberating on the details of the inauguration program.
"Definitely, this will be in Manila," he said.