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During the handover, the Palace maintains uninterrupted government services.

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order (AO) establishing a Presidential Transition Committee (PTC) to monitor the transfer of power to the next government and guarantee that public services are delivered without interruption.

Administrative Order No. 47, signed by Duterte on May 10, directs all government departments, bureaus, and instrumentalities to form internal transition committees to assist the PTC in ensuring effective project turnover and the continued operation of their offices during the transition period.

The PTC will be chaired by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, according to the AO.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Budget Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie Canda, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua are also on the transition committee.

In a prerecorded meeting with Duterte and other Cabinet members aired Thursday, Medialdea said, “We will work closely with the representatives of the new administration to guarantee a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

Official conversations among PTC members will be put on hold, according to Medialdea, until the next president is formally announced.

“For the time being, official talks must be put on hold because no winner has been declared, but preparations on our end must continue.” After all, we still have work to do,” he added.

He promised a “smooth and seamless transition” while maintaining “continued and effective delivery of public service.”

“We guarantee the people that the entire executive branch will continue to perform and dispel its tasks in the coming weeks while preparing to hand over the reins to the next president,” he said.

For his part, Duterte said he will convene a meeting with members of the PTC to consider the Philippines’ response to the Russia-Ukraine issue.

“It would be beneficial for us to meet…selected committee members or perhaps lahat” (all). “We should have one or two meetings because of the impact in Ukraine,” he stated.

According to the World Bank, the ongoing conflict between the two countries will raise international food and fuel costs, hurting consumers and economic growth.

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