Climate Change Commission not among the 10 Palace offices to be abolished — Lacierda

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 24 — Malacanang clarified on Friday that President Benigno S.Aquino III will retain the Climate Change Commission (CCC) but will abolish the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Global Warming and Climate Change (PAGWCC).

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that President Aquino will not abolish the CCC headed by former Senator and Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez.

Secretary Lacierda said the PAGWCC, along with the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, Mindanao Development Council, Office of the North Luzon Quadrangle Area, Minerals Development Council, Luzon Urban Beltway Management Project, Bicol River Basin Watershed Project, Office of the External Affairs, and Office of the Presidential Adviser on New Government Centers, will be abolished next year.

According to Lacierda, President Aquino decided to streamline the operations of the Office of the President and will abolish those offices to cut unnecessary spending of the government.

He added that the President will also retain the Presidential Truth Commission, Presidential Adviser for Peace Process, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission, Presidential Visiting Forces Agreement Commission, Commission on Information and Communications Technology, EDSA People Power Commission, Commission on Maritime Affairs and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. (PNA) scs/rudyma

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