Tue. May 11th, 2021

Malacañang has appointed Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar to jointly head the Build Back Better task force.

The task force was created to ensure the immediate rehabilitation of communities devastated by successive typhoons that have hit the country. It will be composed of representatives from different government agencies.

Cimatu and Villar will replace Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who was earlier named to head the Build Back Better task force.

“Instead of the Executive Secretary heading the task force, it will now be jointly headed by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Secretary Cimatu, as well as DPWH Secretary Mark Villar,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in an interview with CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

It was last Saturday that President Rodrigo Duterte announced the creation of the inter-agency task force.“Binibigyan ko sila ng timeline para gumawa ‘yang mga hakbang na ‘yan na walang delay at i-cut ‘yung red tape para mabilis ang takbo ng tulong sa tao. Sa madaling sabi, gusto ‘yung task force na magbigay kaagad ng relief assistance sa affected — kayong mga tao (I gave a timeline so they can take steps without delay, and to cut red tape so assistance to the people will reach the people faster. In short, the task force wants to provide relief assistance to those affected — the people),” the President said on Saturday. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGHPH

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