Administrative Order No. 20, s. 2011


Published: 2011-09-06

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MALACAÑAN PALACE

MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 20

REORGANIZING AND RENAMING THE PHILIPPINE COUNCIL ON ASEAN AND APEC COOPERATION INTO THE PHILIPPINE COUNCIL FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION

WHEREAS, the Philippines continues to adopt “diplomacy for development” as its central foreign policy thrust to further promote the national economic and political agenda through active participation in various international and regional fora;

WHEREAS, the Philippines will continually pursue the policy of strengthening and promoting friendly and mutually beneficial relations within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia Pacific region and with countries in other regions, within the context of intra-regional and inter-regional cooperation;

WHEREAS, the Philippine Council for ASEAN and APEC Cooperation (PCAAC), which was established under Administrative Order No. 7 (s. 1986), as amended by Administrative Order No. 136 (s. 1994), needs to be reorganized to take into account developments in the international arena, including the adoption of the ASEAN Charter and the establishment of new inter-regional cooperation structures;

WHEREAS, the ASEAN Charter commits ASEAN to intensify community building through enhanced regional cooperation and integration, in particular by establishing an ASEAN Community comprising of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC);

WHEREAS, there is a need to facilitate inter-agency coordination in the formulation and implementation of Philippine policy towards enhancing relations with all regional and inter-regional organizations and fora;

WHEREAS, the Department of Foreign Affairs assumes primacy in the conduct of foreign relations and should, therefore, be the focal point for the formulation, coordination and integration of Philippine proposals and positions, particularly on matters relating to ASEAN, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), and similar regional initiatives; and,

WHEREAS, the President, under Article VII, Section 17 of the Constitution, has the power and control over executive departments, bureaus and offices, as well as the continuing authority under existing laws to reorganize such executive departments, bureaus and agencies.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. Reorganizing and Renaming the PCAAC. The PCAAC shall be reorganized and renamed as the Philippine Council for Regional Cooperation (PCRC) to cover concerns arising from or within the context of the ASEAN, APEC, ASEM, FEALAC, and similar regional initiatives.

SECTION 2. Composition of the Cabinet-Level PCRC. The Cabinet-level PCRC shall be composed of the following:

Chairperson:
Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Vice-Chairperson:
Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning and Director

General of the National Economic and Development Authority

Members:
Secretary of Trade and Industry

Secretary of Transportation and Communications

Secretary of Energy

Secretary of Tourism

Secretary of Finance

Secretary of Agriculture

Secretary of Science and Technology

Secretary of the Presidential Management Staff

Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

Secretary of Education

Secretary of Health

Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Chairperson of the Tariff Commission

SECTION 3. Composition of PCRC Sub-Cabinet Level Technical Boards.

The PCRC shall have four (4) sub-Cabinet level Technical Boards namely: the ASEAN Matters Technical Board (AMTB); the Technical Board on APEC Matters (TBAM); the Technical Board on ASEM Concerns (TBAC); and the Technical Board on FEALAC Matters (TBFM). The DFA shall serve as Chairperson of all four (4) Technical Boards, being the designated Philippine Senior Official to all four (4) regional associations/fora.

SECTION 4. AMTB Committees. The AMTB shall have as its members the departments and agencies comprising its three (3) Committees which correspond to the three ASEAN Communities, namely: the Committee for ASEAN Political Security Community (CAPSC); Committee for ASEAN Economic Community (CAEC); and the Committee for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (CASCC).

a. The CAPSC shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with ASEAN political, defense and security cooperation, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Foreign Affairs

Members:
Department of National Defense

Department of Justice

Department of the Interior and Local Government

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Anti-Terrorism Council

Philippine Center for Transnational Crime

b. The CAEC shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with ASEAN economic and financial cooperation, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Trade and Industry

Members:
National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Foreign Affairs

Department of Finance

Department of Agriculture

Department of Tourism

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Labor and Employment

Department of Transportation and Communications

Department of Energy

Department of Science and Technology

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Board of Investments

Bureau of Customs

Presidential Management Staff

Tariff Commission

c. The CASCC shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with ASEAN socio-cultural cooperation, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Social Welfare and Development

Members:
Department of Foreign Affairs

National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Education

Department of Health

Department of Labor and Employment

Civil Service Commission

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Bureau of Immigration

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women

National Nutrition Council

National Youth Commission

Population Commission

Commission on Higher Education

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

Council for the Welfare of Children

National Anti-Poverty Commission

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

Philippine National AIDS Council

SECTION 5. Composition of TBAM. The TBAM shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with APEC Matters, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Foreign Affairs

Members:
Department of Trade and Industry

National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Education

Department of Finance

Department of Agriculture

Department of Tourism

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Transportation and Communications

Department of Science and Technology

Department of Health

Department of Labor and Employment

Department of Energy

Department of Budget and Management

Tariff Commission

Department of Social Welfare and Development

Bureau of Immigration

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

National Security Council

Office of the Ombudsman

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Anti-Terrorism Council Program Management Center

National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women

Commission on Higher Education

Philippine APEC Studies Center Network

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

SECTION 6. Composition of TBAC. The TBAC shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with ASEM cooperation, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Foreign Affairs

Members:
Department of Trade and Industry

Department of Justice

Department of National Defense

National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Finance

Department of Agriculture

Department of Tourism

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Transportation and Communications

Department of Science and Technology

Department of Labor and Employment

Department of Energy

Department of Education

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

National Youth Commission

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Commission on Higher Education

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

SECTION 7. Composition of TBFM. The TBFM shall be composed of departments and agencies concerned with FEALAC cooperation, namely:

Chairperson:
Department of Foreign Affairs

Members:
Department of Trade and Industry

National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Health

Department of Agriculture

Department of Tourism

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Transportation and Communications

Department of Energy

Department of Education

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

Commission on Higher Education

SECTION 8. Secretariat. Secretariat support for the PCRC and its Technical Boards and Committees shall be provided by the following:

a. Department of Foreign Affairs for the PCRC, its four (4) Technical Boards and the CAPSC;

b. Department of Trade and Industry for the CAEC; and

c. Department of Social Welfare and Development for the CASCC.

SECTION 9. Creation of Other Technical Boards, Committees and/or Working Groups. The PCRC may create other Technical Boards, Committees and/or working groups as it deems necessary to ensure the efficient and effective discharge of its responsibilities.

SECTION 10. Authority of the Chairperson. The Chairperson of the PCRC may:

a. Invite other Departments or agencies to become members of the PCRC, its Technical Boards or Committees; and

b. Reorganize or alter the membership of the PCRC, its Technical Boards or Committees in accordance with the requirements of the country’s cooperation with other regions and regional organizations.

SECTION 11. Designation of Regular Contact Offices/Persons. All members of the PCRC, its Technical Boards and Committees shall designate regular contact offices/persons to ensure effective coordination.

SECTION 12. Regular Coordination Meetings. The Chairperson of the PCRC shall organize regular coordination meetings involving the member departments and agencies to discuss Philippine concerns and positions with regional or inter-regional organizations, with a view to providing direction, guidance and support in the formulation and implementation of policies and work programs.

SECTION 13. Meetings. The Technical Boards and Committees shall schedule their own regular meetings.

SECTION 14. Consultation with Stakeholders. Each Technical Board shall, whenever necessary, consult with stakeholders such as the academe, civil society organizations and business sectors on important and strategic issues relevant to their respective regional or inter-regional organization.

SECTION 15. Capacity and Resource Enhancement. The member departments and agencies of the PCRC, its Technical Boards and Committees shall ensure that resources are available for their offices and units responsible for regional cooperation matters.

SECTION 16. Funding. The DBM is hereby directed to appropriate and release the initial amount of Two Million Pesos (Php 2,000,000) for the financial and operational requirements of the PCRC, chargeable against the existing funds of the DFA and subject to accounting and auditing requirements. Thereafter, such amount as may be deemed necessary for the annual operations of the PCRC, its Technical Boards and Committees, shall be incorporated and included in the annual budgetary appropriations of the DFA.

SECTION 17. Separability Clause. If any provision of this Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.

SECTION 18. Repealing Clause. All other issuances, orders, rules and regulation, or parts thereof, inconsistent with this Administrative Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 19. Effectivity. This Administrative Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 6th day of September, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

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