President Duterte issues his first Executive Order

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) President Rodrigo Duterte has given Cabinet Secretary Leoncio "Jun" Evasco Jr. supervision over several agencies that deal largely with the welfare of the country’s poor and marginalized sectors in urban areas and the countryside.

In Executive Order No. 1, entitled "Reengineering the Office of the President Towards Greater Responsiveness to the Attainment of Development Goals," Evasco will be overseeing the following agencies that were previously under the Office of the President:

a) Cooperative Development Authority

b) Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council

c) National Anti-Poverty Commission

d) National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

e) National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

f) National Food Authority

g) National Youth Commission

h) Office of the President- Presidential Action Center

i) Philippine Commission on Women

j) Philippine Coconut Authority

k) Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor

l) Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority

Evasco, a former rebel priest who served as mayor of Bohol’s Maribojoc municipality, was Duterte’s election campaign manager and long-time chief of staff.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the EO is also meant to streamline offices in the executive branch.

The EO says the said agencies shall "primarily evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and if deemed necessary, formulate a more responsive set of programs complementing existing ones."

It also tasks them to consult with local governments for proper allocation of resources.

EO 1 also effectively places the Presidential Management Staff and Office of the Appointments Secretary under the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP) headed by Christopher “Bong” Go.

It also creates the "Office of the President-Events Management Cluster" (OP-EMC) to "ensure effective collaboration among the offices and/or units involved in the preparations for and the management of Presidential engagements."

The OP-EMC head has yet to be appointed.

Typographical error?

Duterte’s first executive order appears to have erroneously referred to a different provision of the constitution to justify the reorganization.

It said “Section 7 of the 1987 Constitution provides that the President shall have control of the executive departments, and offices.”

It is actually Article 7, Section 17 of the 1987 Constitution that contains that provision.

A reporter pointed out the error to Abella.

“Noted, we will act on that,” Abella said in response.

It remains unclear if a new issuance will be made to correct the mistake, which may have been typographical. “We will take note of the pointers and we will act accordingly,” Abella said.