Formal meetings between Año, Abalos to begin in second week of June
MANILA, Philippines — Formal meetings between Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año and the agency’s incoming secretary have been set for the second week of June as part of efforts to ensure a smooth transition into the next administration.
Año said he has initially talked with former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos, who is poised to take the helm of the DILG in the next administration, over the phone.
“Nagko-coordinate kami at magkakaroon kami ng formal briefing para sa kanya at sa team niya [We are in coordination with each other and we will have a formal briefing for him and his team],” Año said in an interview over Teleradyo on Wednesday.
“Second week of June ay meron nang magaganap na formal meetings [Formal meetings will begin in the second week of June],” he added.
“Susundan pa ito ng mga informal meetings para ma-introduce ko sa kanya yung mga key people ng local government sector pati na rin ang interior sector [This will be followed by informal meetings where I will introduce him to key people in the local government sector as well as the interior sector],” he also said.
Año likewise assured that the transition from the incumbent DILG leadership to the next one will be “very smooth.”
“Wala na silang iisipin pa kung hindi dire-diretso na lang ang mga programa at mga activities ng DILG under the new secretary [They will no longer need to think about anything but to go straight to work with the programs and activities of the DILG under the new secretary],” he said.
According to Año, the DILG has been prepared for the transition even before the conduct of the 2022 polls.
“Even yung mga LGUs (local government units) ay nagbuo na rin ng mga transition teams nila para sigurado na yung mga bagong nahalal ay smooth yung kanilang turn-over ng trabaho ng mga resources,” he said.
(Even the LGU have already formed their respective transition teams to ensure that they will have a smooth turn-over of work and resources to those who are newly-elected.)
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