Duterte's EO 1 reorganizes key offices under OP

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2016 04:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2016 04:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order No.1 reorganizing key offices under the Office of the President.

Dated June 30, the EO is entitled "Reengineering the Office of the President Towards Greater Responsiveness to the Attainment of Development Goals."

Under the EO, the Cabinet Secretary is designated to supervise concerned agencies to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and formulate "a more responsive set of programs complementing existing ones" aimed at reducing "the incidence and magnitude of poverty."

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

The agencies are directed to develop anti-poverty programs, allow people participation, "listen to people's feedback," consult with local government units for the "proper allocation of resources and program implementation," among others.

The office and functions of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), the Office of the Appointments Secretary, and the Presidential Management Staff are placed under the Special Assistant to the President.

An Events Management Cluster is being created under the Office of the President (OP-EMC) "to ensure effective collaboration" among offices involved in preparations for presidential engagements. This includes the PMS, the Presidential Security Group, Office of the Chief Presidential Protocol, Media Accreditation and Relations Office (MARO), and Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM).

The OSAP leads the OP-EMC and is composed of the Private Offices of the President which includes the Appointments Office and the PMS.

The reorganization is also aimed at "eliminating duplication or overlapping of common functions," maximizing resources and ensuring close coordination among the concerned offices.