Aquino accepts Lacson quit bid


President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted “ in principle” the resignation of Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation (PARR) Panfilo Lacson.

During his meeting with Aquino in Malacanang on Tuesday, Lacson said he asked President Aquino a one-month period to lay out the mechanics of transition from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Recovery, which he heads, to a more permanent body, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“We agreed in principle to wind up my duties as PARR until February 10 when I shall have completed the transition to NDRRMC, where the four-phase cycle of addressing disasters rightfully belongs,” he told reporters in a text message.

“I [also]told him of the timeliness of the transition since the NDRRMC law will be under mandatory review by Congress on or before May 27, 2015 as stated in Section 27 of Republic Act 10121 (The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010)….,” Lacson said.

According to the former senator, he also proposed the “automatic release” of NDRRMC’s P80-billion budget for 2015.

This, he said, is to “limit the vetting to one layer unlike the practice now wherein the National Government Agencies request funds from DBM for vetting, after which the latter will have to endorse the same to NDRRMC for a second round of vetting, before referring to OPARR.”

Lacson added that he submitted last Friday his irrevocable resignation to the President and this will take effect on February 10 next year, one month after the transition period.

He joined the Aquino administration a month after Yolanda, the world’s strongest storm on record, barreled through the Visayas in November last year and left more than 6,000 people dead and P571-billion damage to property.

He was appointed as head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, a temporary position created to coordinate government efforts in bringing disaster-hit areas back on their feet.

A year into the job, Lacson said he already achieved his purpose.


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