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Ochoa reorganizes Office of the President to improve operations

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Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Monday announced the organizational restructuring of the Office of the President (OP) to improve the operations and efficiency of the offices within Malacañang.

Ochoa told heads and chiefs of key offices under the OP during the workshop entitled “Improving the Operational Arrangements of the OES (Office of the Executive Secretary) for Better Efficiency and Effectiveness” that changes were necessary to help attain the goals of this administration.

“When I started conceptualization of the improvements we need to make, I was confronted with the old and the new. I recognized the wisdom of continuing the many practices that have been tested by time, but at the same time I saw the need to infuse new things,” Ochoa said.

Under the new organizational structure initiated by the Executive Secretary, five major units will report directly to the OES namely the Legal and Legislative Offices (formerly the Legal Office), the Government Affairs and Financial Administrative Offices (formerly the Finance and General Government and Administration Office), the Strategic Initiatives and Government Performance Monitoring Offices, the Internal Audit Office, and the Executive Secretary’s immediate staff and support offices.

Another key change under the new set-up is the adoption of a case decongestion and delay reduction strategy for the Legal and Legislative Offices to allow the OP to dispose of the pending cases of the recently abolished Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.

A strategy that will “provide complete statistical analysis of our caseload by type of case, and the specific measures to remove backlog within a specified timeframe” will be adopted, Ochoa said.

At the same time, the Executive Secretary rallied Palace employees to show more initiative and commitment so they can “strategically contribute to the President’s goals for our country.”

Ochoa also told employees following the flag raising ceremony that love of country should motivate them to “do more than what is required of them.” (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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