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For the information and guidance of all concerned, below is a copy/transcript of Executive Order No. 43 dated May 13, 2011 entitled "Pursuing Our Social Contract with the Filipino People Through the Reorganization of the Cabinet Clusters," which is self-explanatory.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 43
PURSUING OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE THROUGH
THE REORGANIZATION OF THE CABINET CLUSTERS
WHEREAS, the Preamble of the 1987 Philippine Constitution articulates the aspiration of the sovereign Filipino people to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace;
WHEREAS, the aspirations in the Preamble are embodied in the President's Social Contract with the Filipino People, a sixteen-point agenda that lays down the vision of government in the different priority areas of development;
WHEREAS, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016 is the government's blueprint that defines the strategies and programs that will translate the Social Contract into efficient, effective, and responsive actions that are achievable within the term of office of the President;
WHEREAS, given its finite resources, Government needs to orient and direct its programs, projects, and activities towards the attainment of development outcomes that will lead the nation closer to its priority development goals;
WHEREAS, the Cabinet, as the highest policy-making body of the Executive branch of government, serves as a catalyst for national development;
WHEREAS, consonant with the principles of efficiency, effectiveness, and focus, the Cabinet needs to be organized thematically into smaller groups otherwise called as the Cabinet Clusters; and
WHEREAS, the Cabinet Clusters shall serve as a venue and mechanism for coordination, harmonization, complementation, and synergy among the Departments and other Government instrumentalities with the main purpose of attaining national development goals and objectives, as disaggregated into annual performance targets.
NOW THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the following:
SECTION 1. Defining our Vision. Our vision is a country with:
A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders;
An organised and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people's skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources;
A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well; and
Public institutions rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities.
SECTION 2. Key Result Areas of our Social Contract.
Furthermore, the government shall engage key stakeholders such as the LGUs, the legislative and judicial branches of government, and the private sector, particularly the business and civil society, in pursuit of our Social Contract with the Filipino People
SECTION 3. Organizing the Cabinet Clusters. The Cabinet is hereby organized thematically into five (5) clusters composed of the following: (a) Good Governance and Anti-Corruption; (b) Human Development and Poverty Reduction; (c) Economic Development; (d) Security, Justice and Peace; and (e) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
SECTION 4. Functions. The Cabinet Clusters shall serve as the primary mechanism of the Executive Branch for directing all efforts towards the realization of the Social Contract with the Filipino People and its five (5) key result areas. They shall set concrete and measurable targets per program and/or project every year until 2016 leading to the intended outcomes as outlined above.
Furthermore, the Clusters shall assess the degree of accomplishment of their respective cluster targets in partnership with the private sector and civil society organizations; evaluate whether the milestones leading to the intended outcomes are being attained; and undertake the necessary measures to fast-track program and/or project implementation. Regular reports on the actual results of program and project implementation shall be submitted to the Presidential Management Staff.
Finally, the Clusters shall serve as advisory committees to the Office of the President. As such, they shall recommend measures on policy and operational matters for the final consideration of said office.
SECTION 5. Participation of Cabinet Members. Participation in the Cluster meetings and activities is not limited to the core members identified herein. For this reason, the Cluster Chairs may require the participation of the heads of other departments and/or agencies as deemed necessary.
The Executive Secretary and the Secretary of the Presidential Management Staff shall attend all Cluster meetings as regular members, in the performance of their general monitoring and oversight functions.
The Secretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office and the Presidential Spokesperson shall attend and participate in all cluster meetings to effectively communicate to the general public, agreements or major discussion points therein, or those which may be subsequently approved by the President.
THE CABINET CLUSTER SYSTEM
SECTION 6. Good Governance and Anti-Corruption. The Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster shall promote transparency, accountability, participatory governance, and strengthening of public institutions. It shall also work to regain the trust and confidence of the public in government. In particular, the following goals shall be pursued:
The composition of the Cluster shall be as follows:
Secretariat:SECTION 7. Human Development and Poverty Reduction. The Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster shall focus on improving the overall quality of life of the Filipino and translating the gains of good governance into direct, immediate, and substantial benefits that will empower the poor and marginalized segments of society. In particular, the cluster shall pursue the following goals:
The composition of the Cluster shall be as follows:SECTION 8. Economic Development. The Economic Development Cluster shall focus on the promotion of rapid, inclusive, and sustained economic growth. In particular, the following goals shall be pursued:
The Cluster shall be composed of the following:The Economic Development Cluster may enjoin the participation of the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as necessary.
SECTION 9. Security, Justice and Peace. The Security Cluster shall ensure the preservation of national sovereignty and the rule of law; and focus on the protection and promotion of human rights and the pursuit of a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace. In particular, the Security Cluster shall pursue the following goals:
The Cluster shall be composed of the following:SECTION 10. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Cluster shall focus on the conservation, and protection of the environment and natural resources. It shall take the lead in pursuing measures to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change on the Philippine archipelago; and undertake all the necessary preparation for both natural and man-made disasters. The cluster shall pursue the following objectives in particular:
The Cluster shall be composed of the following:SECTION 11. Separability. Should any part of this Executive Order be declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain in full force and effect.
SECTION 12. Repealing Clause. All other issuances or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.
SECTION 13. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
DONE, in the City of Manila, this 13th day of May, in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Eleven.
President BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
Executive Secretary PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
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