Philippines

Panfilo Lacson named as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction


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President Benigno Aquino III has appointed former Senator Panfilo Lacson to be his Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction with Cabinet rank. The former Senator will coordinate the recovery and rehabilitation effort following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The formal notice as published on the president’s website is as follows:

“President Aquino appoints former Senator Panfilo Lacson as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction with Cabinet rank

December 10, 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed former Senator Panfilo Lacson Jr. as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery with the task to unify the efforts of government and other agencies in the rehabilitation and recovery efforts.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday that the Chief Executive signed the appointment letter of Lacson with Cabinet rank last December 6.

The appointment of Lacson came following the widespread destruction, substantial damage and death in several areas including Samar, Leyte, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Palawan wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan).

The President also issued a Memorandum Order (MO) No. 62 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on December 6, outlining the specific functions of Lacson.

The former Senator will act as over-all manager and coordinator of the rehabilitation, recovery, and reconstruction efforts of government departments, agencies and instrumentalities in the affected areas, to the extent allowed by law.

He will coordinate with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and its member agencies and consult with the concerned local government units (LGUs) in the formulation of plans and programs for the rehabilitation, recovery and development of the affected areas, including an over-all strategic vision and integrated short-term, medium-term and long-term programs, which shall be submitted to the President for approval.

The Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery will propose funding support for the implementation of the plans and programs. He will likewise exercise oversight over the relevant government agencies with respect to the implementation of the plans and programs.

He is tasked to call upon any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned or-controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions (GFIs) and LGUs and request non-government organizations, the private sector, and other entities for assistance as the circumstances and exigencies may require in carrying out his mandate.

Lacson will engage the assistance of consultants, experts and professional advisors whenever necessary, subject to applicable government rules and regulations.

He will submit to the President the status reports on the implementation of the plans and programs as often as the President may require and perform such other functions and activities as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the memorandum order, or as the President may direct.

The President likewise directed all departments, bureaus, offices, agencies or instrumentalities of the government, including GOCCs and GFIs to render full assistance and cooperation to Lacson.

The LGUs, NGOs and the private sector are also encouraged to give assistance to the Presidential Assistant as the circumstances may require.

The MO shall take effect immediately.”

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