PNoy abolishes PAGC

November 25, 2010 11:51 am 

MANILA, Nov. 24 — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on Wednesday issued Executive Order 13 that abolishes the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), the agency tasked to look into alleged corruption of presidential appointees.

The latest EO states that "the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) is hereby abolished and their vital functions, particularly the investigative, adjudicatory and recommendatory functions and other and functions inherent or incidental thereto, transferred to the office of the Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs (ODESLA), OP in accordance with the provisions of this Executive Order."

The EO also states that the government has adopted a policy of streamlining the bureaucracy to promote economy and efficiency in government.

The PAGC, which is composed of a chairman and four commissioners, was created to investigate wrongdoings of the presidential appointees.

PAGC employees affected by the abolition are allowed to avail of the benefits provided under existing laws if applicable.

With this, the President also ordered the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release the necessary funds for the benefit of the employees. (PNA)

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