COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Martin Andanar yesterday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has designated him as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Region X.
In his radio program Cabinet Report sa Teleradyo, Andanar on Saturday said that the President has appointed a CORDS for each region, he being assigned to northern Mindanao (Region X).
“Katatapos lang ng Joint Regional Development Council at Regional Peace and Order Council Meeting na [idinaos] sa Malaybalay, Bukidnon dahil ito po ‘yung kauna-unahang meeting ng RDC at RPOC ng Region X na ako ang nag-preside as the CORDS.
He explained the role of CORDS in the President’s program for regional development and security.
According to him, the President has appointed CORDS for all regions, to focus on finding ways to address poverty, and peace and order problems.
For Region X, he said, “Kami ay nag-meeting at napag-usapan po doon iyong mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng Region X para po masolusyunan ang problema po sa kahirapan at problema po sa communist insurgency. Ito po ay bahagi ng National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, itong CORDS.”
Likewise he said some representatives of other agencies, including the National Security Council, Department of the Interior and Local Government, the National Economic and Development Authority, TESDA, and Department of Health were in the meeting to discuss problems concerning poverty, and peace and order.