MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If there’s an app for that, there’s also a task force for that.
It is no secret that the Duterte administration has a penchant for creating task forces for almost everything — from the Covid-19 response, to the PhilHealth and other corruption investigations at other agencies, to the Boracay rehabilitation, to typhoons and other calamities. Many members of these task forces — numbering about 15 as of latest count according to Rappler — are retired army generals or members of the Armed Forces.
So in order to coordinate the activities of these task forces, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order creating a new agency, the Task Forces of the Philippines (TFP). It will be an attached agency to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
As of press time, Duterte is yet to name the head of this new agency who will be called Task Forces Czar. Rumors have it that the President is considering Senator Bong Go to fill the position.
Spokesperson Harry Roque, the goal of the TFP is to make sure that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.