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Duterte holds meeting with Cabinet for ‘retooling, guidelines’

Duterte holds 'unscehduled' meeting with Cabinet for 'retooling, guidelines'

President Rodrigo Duterte meets his Cabinet officials at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang on Thursday, February 14, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte met his Cabinet members in Malacañang on Thursday to fine-tune its organization.

The meeting was not in the President’s schedule released by Malacañang, but it was held at the Heroes Hall reportedly for a “retooling” session and “some guidelines” for the Cabinet.

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The President’s meeting happened before he joins the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.

READ: Campaign rally of Duterte’s PDP-Laban Senate slate takes off in Bulacan

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Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who was present during the meeting, said the President and Cabinet officials talked “all bout the process” in governance and administrative matters.

“This has been scheduled long ago. [We talked about] retooling and guidelines for the Cabinet organization,“ he told INQUIRER.net.

“We talked about the Cabinet process. How to get an agenda discussed in the Cabinet, how to make our respective departments compliant with standard input-throughput-output-outcome measurement, handling of national security documents, etc,” he added.

Though it’s still months before, Andanar said they also talked about the preparations for the President’s fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

“We spoke about the preparations for Sona,” he said. /jpv

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