Aquino: No Cabinet revamp any time soon

President Benigno Aquino III has ruled out any plan to reshuffle his Cabinet now that he is approaching his third year as the country's chief executive. Aquino said he is satisfied with the performance of the executive departments, but encouraged his Cabinet members to continue working to make their respective agencies more efficient. “You start with the premise that you are all imperfect beings and you can always improve,” the president told reporters at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Brunei on Wednesday night. Aquino made this statement despite his earlier pronouncements that he wants Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan to be part of his Cabinet once the lawmakers end their terms in June. Aquino said he is particularly satisfied with the way Public Works and Highways chief Rogelio Singson and Agriculture chief Proceso Alcala are handling their respective departments. “We're really open to improving all of the processes that we need to have greater efficiency. Economist ako by training, so maximum utility of each input is the mantra,” he said. The last shake-up in Aquino's Cabinet happened in November last year, when former Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla replaced Jose Rene Almendras as Energy secretary. Aquino appointed Almendras as Cabinet Secretary. — Andreo Calonzo/KBK, GMA News

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