BCDA now included in Cabinet's infrastructure cluster
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is now included in the infrastructure cluster of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet clusters system.
This, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 86 on July 25, amending EO 24 entitled “reorganizing the Cabinet clusters system by integrating good governance and anti-corruption in the policy frameworks of all the clusters and creating the infrastructure cluster and participatory governance cluster.”
Under the amended EO 86, the president of the BCDA has been included as the 16th member of the infrastructure cluster chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“The mandate of the BCDA in the conversion of the Clark and Subic military reservations and their extensions into alternative productive uses, its vital public infrastructure projects such as tollway, railway, airport, seaport, and new economic growth corridor, and its role in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, warrant its inclusion as a Member of the Infrastructure Cluster,” the EO read.
The BCDA shall be under the direct control and supervision of the Office of the President for purposes of policy direction and coordination.
Other members of the infrastructure cluster are Executive Secretary, the Cabinet Secretary, the Presidential Management Staff Head, Secretaries of the Departments of Interior and Local Government; Budget and Management; National Economic and Development Authority; Transportation; Finance; Information and Communications Technology; Trade and Industry; Agriculture; Health; Social Welfare and Development; Education; and Tourism.
On May 16, 2017, Duterte signed EO 24 to establish the infrastructure cluster that will focus on infrastructure development for the realization of the 10-Point Socio-Economic Agenda of the national government.
The cluster also aims to enhance, among others, the delivery of public infrastructure by ensuring efficient and transparent management of assets and resources, focusing both management of assets and the shift to service-oriented approaches that enable stakeholders to become co-producers of services.