- VP Robredo attended the Duterte administration cabinet meeting for the first time
- Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella speaks about the specific agenda of the cabinet meeting attended by both Robredo and Duterte last Monday, July 11
- He reported about the specific and immediate plans of the respective departments including issues on illegal drugs, labor contractualization, red tape, heavy traffic, and the dispute over the West Philippine Sea among others
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a press conference held on Tuesday, talks about the agenda of the cabinet meeting held on Monday, July 11.
First on his list, is the discussion on the disaster risk reduction in the Philippines. Their action plan is to prioritize sending help to respond to calamity damage. They are also planning to have a deposition of ships along the path of the typhoon to immediately respond in times of disaster.
Secondly, he talks about the campaign on illegal drugs. rehabilitation centers are planned to be constructed where the busted illegal drug users will be rehabilitated. proposed memorandum directed to barangay captains and mayors of places with high incidents of drugs to be investigated for serious neglect of duty through the DILG.
He was asked about his stance on Sen. Drilon and Sen. De Lima's remark on the Solicitor General's expression of support for the PNP officials involved in shooting during operations who will be subject to senatorial investigations. He said the SolGen is just doing his duty as the protector of the government and make sure that everything will go through due process.
Transportation secretary Tugade made a presentation during the meeting regarding the updates on transportation reforms. he presented a menu of the plans which for Abella would significantly improve the flow of traffic.
Also, the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) priority project is the end of contractualization after 6 months.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is also committed to reducing the number of days to register a business to 3 days.
as directed by the President Duterte, all agencies must stop red tape and to stop people from queuing up. Their suggestion is to implement the appointment scheme wherein people will just have to go back already with complete requirements.
Regarding the arbitration that is ongoing today, July 12, in Hague, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary has not yet released a statement regarding the matter. The foreign secretary said that he will be speaking once the decision is final. When asked by a reporter whether the scenarios and details from the arbitration will be released to the media, he said that the will be lengthy decision will be released.
Abella said that the guiding principles in deciding the next steps for the West Philippine Sea that the Duterte administration will follow will be primarily for national interest.
It was the first cabinet meeting attended by VP Robredo and the Presidential Spokesperson described it as warm. In fact, a warm welcome was afforded to the Vice President and was made privy to the deliberation on the war on drugs.
Overall, Spokesperson Abella assessed the meeting as one that turned out very well.