Aquino transition team visited Bahay Pangarap — Mendoza

June 12, 2010 9:02 pm 

MANILA, June 12 — The transition team of incoming President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III inspected on Friday the facilities of the Bahay Pangarap in Malacanang Park, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said on Saturday.

According to Mendoza, incoming Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa and his team visited the Bahay Pangarap right after Friday's meetings of the transition teams of both the outgoing and incoming administrations.

Mendoza explained that Bahay Pangarap, which is inside the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound across the Pasig River from the main Malacanang Palace, is one of the options of President-elect Aquino as his official residence.

Aquino has rejected proposals for him to stay in Malacanang Palace or the newly-renovated Arlegui Guest House.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) chief Elena Bautista-Horn earlier clarified that the transition team of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo renovated the Arlegui Guest House not to become the official residence of the incoming President, but to serve as venue for the meetings of the Arroyo and Aquino transition teams to ensure a smooth turnover of government on June 30.

Mendoza said the two transition teams met on Friday and discussed the 4,500 vacancies in government that need to be filled by the incoming administration.

The Aquino transition team was also briefed by the National Historical Institute (NHI) staff on traditions, practices and experiences in past turnover ceremonies.

President-elect Aquino earlier announced he prefers the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City to be the venue for his inauguration instead of the Quirino Granstand in Manila.

He also said that he would take his oath of office as the 15th President before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales on June 30. (PNA) scs/rudyma


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