Palace confirms Dizon’s resignation; Batuhan named acting BCDA chief

Published October 19, 2021, 4:17 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Malacañang confirmed on Tuesday, October 19, the resignation of testing czar Vince Dizon from his post as president and chief executive officer of the Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and presidential adviser on flagship programs and projects.

Testing czar Vince Dizon (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a virtual media briefing, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Dizon tendered his resignation effective Oct. 15, but he will remain as vaccine czar.

Dizon will continue his role as presidential adviser for COVID-19 response and deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force against COVID-19, he noted.

“Secretary Vince has asked the President to unload him of this task so that he can focus full time on national government’s COVID response efforts and vaccination rollout,” Roque said.

READ: Testing czar Dizon resigns as BCDA head

The Palace official said BCDA director Aristotle Batuhan was appointed by President Duterte as officer-in-charge.

Under Dizon’s term, Malacañang cited BCDA earned 48 million in revenues and was behind the construction of the first phase of the New Clark City and Clark International Airport Terminal.

Roque also mentioned the BCDA was able to remit the highest amount of P34 billion to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The President heaped praises for Secretary Dizon and the BCDA team for these accomplishments. And Secretary Dizon committed to continue the fight against COVID,” he said.

 
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