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Palace assures seamless transition of administration

Manila (13 May) -- To ensure the uninterrupted delivery of public serves during the transition period before the new President assumes office on July 1, Malacanang is asking all government departments to immediately prepare individual transition blueprints.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) chief Ma. Elena Bautista-Horn said the directive is included in Administrative Order (AO) 285 which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued last May 9.

In a media briefing yesterday (May 12) in Malacanang, Horn said AO 285 created the Presidential Transition Cooperation Team (PTCT) and the Agency Transition Cooperation Team (ATCT) to put in place a blueprint for the seamless transition and to orient the incoming administration.

"We will definitely be working cooperatively with them to make sure that there is a seamless transition of administration," Horn said.

Chaired by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, PTCT will have as members the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Education (DepEd), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and PMS.

Horn said the PTCT will serve as the overall central coordination team on the preparation of the detailed transition blueprint; and consolidate Operational Transition Reports (OTRs) and Functional Transition Reports (FTRs) to be prepared by each agency.

Horn said the PTCT will orient the incoming administration and readily provide information, such as the vision, mission, mandate, and structure of each agency.

Included in the orientation, Horn said, are the organizational structure, pending projects, and inventory of key plantilla and co-terminus positions.

Horn said the PTCT will also help in the recommendation to give out due recognition to individuals and non-government and civic organizations, which provided help and undertaken notable projects during the President's term.

Meanwhile, the agencies under the ATCT will provide the OTRs, which include information on the assets, budget, plantilla, vacant positions, and ongoing rationalization plan.

Horn said agencies will also prepare the FTRs that include the inventory of policies and priority projects, other orientation materials and how to provide technical support like trainings for the incoming officials.

Horn said all government agencies must submit their respective output by May 17 in time for the transitional planning session on May 20-21 to formulate a blueprint which will be then submitted to the Cabinet.

Two-tiered transition process set up

Transition teams in two levels ? one based in Malacanang and the other in executive department agencies -- will make sure that the new administration will have the benefit of a strong and stable structure ready to continue working once governmental powers are turned over to the next President of the Republic.

The elected successor to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is required by law to assume office on June 30.

President Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 285 last May 9 creating the Presidential Transition Cooperation Team (PTCT) and Agency Transition Cooperation Team (ATCT) to oversee the transition to the next administration.

The PTCT shall be responsible for the overall implementation, coordination and supervision of the entire transition blueprint.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza has been designated to head the PTCT with Foreign Affairs Secretary Romulo, Education Secretary Mona Valisno, Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr., NEDA Director General Augusto Santos, PMS Director-General Maria Elena Bautista-Horn and PIA Director General Conrado Limcaoco as members.

The Office of the Executive Secretary and the PMS will provide the technical and secretariat support to PTCT.

The AO also created the Agency Transition Cooperation Team (ATCT) that shall be responsible for the preparation of each government agency's Organizational Transition Reports (OTRs) and Functional Transition Reports (FTRs).

The ATCT will be led by the head of agency with the senior undersecretary as vice-chair and senior career officials as members.

A transition coordinator in each agency shall be appointed to regularly coordinate with the PTCT Secretariat.

A transition planning session will be conducted on May 20 to May 21 to establish and define the processes and parameters that shall guide the government during the transition period.

Results of the planning will be the formulation of a Transition Blueprint which will provide for the efficient and effective turn-over and the continued functions of the bureaucracy in the early days of the next Administration.

The Blueprint shall cover all government departments, agencies, bureaus, government-owned and ?controlled corporations (GOCCs) and other instrumentalities including attached agencies under the Office of the President. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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