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ANTI-COVID CZAR | Duterte taps presidential peace adviser as ‘chief implementer’ vs coronavirus
March 26, 2020 , 10:16 PM

(March 26, 2020) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his peace adviser as the ‘chief implementer’ of the government’s response against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, under the recently declared state of national emergency.

In a memorandum on Thursday, Malacanang announced the designation of Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. as the administration’s point man with orders to “ensure the strict compliance and adherence” of anti-COVID-19 measures.

“He was further tasked to protect and promote the safety and welfare of the public at all times,” Galvez’s appointment letter stated.

Under the designation, the former armed forces chief of staff is directed to implement the guidelines and protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Forces on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), including “the efficient and expeditious distribution of government assistance to the public.”

Galvez headed the AFP Western Mindanao Command during the Islamic State-led Maute siege in Marawi City, before
serving as Chief of Staff from April to December of 2018.

Duterte’s decision to tap Galvez comes on the heels of the appointment of two other former military men in key positions to carry out the government’s war against the virus.

At an address late Tuesday night, the president named Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as chairman of the National Action Plan with Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano as vice chairman.

The military, along with the police, had been tasked to enforce enhanced community quarantine policies in the entire island of Luzon. (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JMF)

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