PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte issued his first Executive Order (EO) giving cabinet secretary, former Majibojoc Bohol Mayor Leoncio Evasco power over 12 agencies to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and formulate more responsive ones.
Executive Order 1, “Re-engineering the Office of the President Towards Greater Responsiveness to the Attainment of Development Goals”, has given Evasco powers over 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 Coconut Authority, Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
With the supervision of Evasco, these agencies “shall primarily evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and if deemed necessary formulate a more responsive set of programs, complementing the existing ones channeling resources as necessary to reduce both the incidence and magnitude of poverty”.
These agencies are instructed to “develop specific programs and projects that seek to reduce poverty and improve the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the society” and promote social education and participation of people in the affairs of the government was also instructed to the agencies.
Consultations to LGUs for the proper allocation of resources and program implementation and recommend courses of action for the government will also be conducted by these agencies.
Evasco was the President’s campaign manager during the 2016 elections and have worked with the President Duterte ever since he was mayor of Davao City.
The EO also provided for the consolidation of office and functions of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, The Office of the Presidential Management Staff, and The office of the Presidential Management Staff under the Special Assistant to the President Christopher ”Bong” Go.
The creation Office of the President-Events Management Cluster was also provided under the EO to "ensure effective collaboration among the offices and/or units involved in the preparations for and the management of Presidential engagements."