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Aquino gets ready to leave Malacanang, forms transition panel, starts packing up

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MANILA (PhilAmPress) ― Malacanang has assured the smooth transition from the Aquino government to the next administration even as President Aquino has started packing up and has formed a transition committee to prepare for the assumption of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.

 

Mr. Aquino signed an administrative order (AO) establishing a Presidential Transition Committee (PTC).

 

”This is to ensure peaceful, orderly and effective transition of power to the incoming administration on June 30 this year,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. announced.

 

President Aquino emphasized in his AO No. 49, the need for transition committees “to work closely with representatives of the President-elect in order to ensure a peaceful, orderly and effective transition on June 30.”

 

Coloma said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has been assigned to chair the PTC which will have the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Secretaries of budget and management, finance, foreign affairs, public works and highways, and PCOO as its members.

 

The Presidential Management Staff (PMS) shall provide secretariat support to the transition committee.

 

The members of Rodrigo Duterte's transition committee, meanwhile, have been selected.

 

Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña said the committee members include himself, Duterte's executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go, campaign manager and Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio "Jun" Evasco, former agriculture secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez, and lawyers Salvador "Bingbong" Medialdea and Loreto Ata.

 

Dominguez, a childhood friend of Duterte's, also served as his campaign's finance head.

 

The committee held their first meeting on Wednesday at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

 

Aquino's and Duterte's teams are supposed to coordinate with each other as Duterte's proclamation date, June 30, draws near.

 

”The PTC shall serve as the overall and central coordination committee of all executive departments, agencies, bureaus, government-owned or –controlled corporations (GOCCs), and other government agencies as regards the various aspects of the transition to the new administration,” President Aquino stated in the administration order.

 

The President said “the PTC shall also oversee the preparation and implementation of the government agencies’ transition to the new administration, in order to ensure the continuity and maintain the efficiency of government services.”

 

President Aquino also instructed all the government agencies to establish their respective agency transition committees (ATCs).

 

Coloma said the PTC was set to start meeting  at the Office of the President.

 

The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) have yet to proclaim the country’s next President but based on the partial and official results, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is already a clear winner with 15,911,376 votes.

 

Liberal Party’s Manuel Mar Roxas is way behind the second place with 9,679,193 votes followed by independent presidential aspirant Grace Poe (8,929,412), Vice President Jejomar Binay (5,313,362) and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (1,420,502 votes). 

 

Coloma said the smooth transition is expected because of good governance, which is the advocacy of the Aquino administration.

 

“Dahil sa masigasig na pagtatatag ng mabuting pamamahala o good governance, maisasalin ng Aquino administration sa hahaliling administrasyon ang isang pamahalaan na kung saan ay maayos ang mga sistema, patakaran at pamamaraan, kumpleto at hayag ang mga opisyal na datos at dokumento at laging handang maghatid ng mapagkalingang paglilingkod sa mga mamamayan,” said Coloma.

 

Coloma said coordination between the outgoing and incoming administrations is important to ensure a smooth transition.

 

“Noong palapit na ‘yung pagpalit ng administrasyon, siguro pagkatapos ito noong proklamasyon ng bagong Pangulo na idinaos sa Batasang Pambansa noong first week o lagpas lamang sa first week of June 2010 ay nagkaroon na ng mga ugnayan sa pagitan ng outgoing at incoming administration,” the Palace official recalled.

 

“Nagkaroon din ako ng oportunidad na mapasama doon sa mga pagpupulong na ‘yon para lang mapag-usapan ‘yung tipikal (typical) na pagpasok ng bagong administrasyon: ‘yung mga idaraos na kaganapan doon pagkatapos ng inauguration sa Luneta Grandstand, ‘yung pagdaraos ng unang pulong ng Gabinete, ‘yung pagbati sa bagong Pangulo at administrasyon ng mga mamamayan, iyon ang ilan sa mga tinalakay,” Coloma continued.

 

“At doon naman sa mismong tanggapan natin, walang ganung pormal na proseso dahil nga hindi naman nabuo ‘yung ating tanggapan hangga’t hindi nailabas ‘yung Executive Order No. 4 ni Pangulong Aquino na naganap naman noong patapos na ang unang buwan,” said Coloma. “ Nagkaroon naman nang maayos na pakikipag-ugnayan sa pagitan ng outgoing at incoming administration.”

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