|ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 242
FURTHER RECONSTITUTING THE EXCHANGE VISITORS PROGRAM COMMITTEE AND REDEFINING ITS FUNCTIONS
WHEREAS, there is a need for the government to strengthen the educational, scientific, and technological capabilities of the country through inter-country exchange of knowledge and expertise;
WHEREAS, the governments of the Philippines and the United States of America entered into an agreement to implement the Exchange Visitors Program (EVP) in 1948;
WHEREAS, the EVP Committee was created through Administrative No. 191 dated 3 April 1956 as amended by Administrative Order No. 210 dated 21 March 1970, to coordinate Philippine participation in the EVP;
WHEREAS, there is a need to expand the membership and review the functions of the EVP Committee to make it more responsive to local and international developments affecting the country;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FIDEL V. RAMOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the law, do hereby order:
SECTION. 1. Reconstitution of the Exchange Visitors Program Committee. The EVP Committee is hereby reconstituted to be composed of the heads of the following Department/Offices or their duly designated representatives with at least a rank of a Director:
SEC. 2. Functions. The Committee shall perform the following functions:
SEC. 3. Technical and Secretariat Support. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) shall provide secretariat support to the Committee and shall assist the Committee in coordinating with appropriate public and private sector representatives on matters pertinent to the Program.
The member-agencies shall designate a specific unit within their respective agencies to render continuing support to the EVP and extend internal resources necessary to carry out the functions of the Committee.
The Committee is authorized to call upon any department, bureau, office, agency, or instrumentality of the government, including government owned and controlled corporations, for such assistance as it may used in the discharge of its functions.
SEC. 4. Funding. Funds necessary to immediately carry out the provisions of this Administrative Order shall be sourced by the Department of Budget and Management from available sources, upon request by the secretariat. Funding requirement in the succeeding fiscal years shall be provided for in the budgetary appropriations of the member-agencies of the Committee.
SEC. 5. Repealing Clause. All orders, issuances or parts thereof inconsistent with this Administrative Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SEC. 6. Effectivity. This Administrative Order shall take effect immediately.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 17th day of January in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Six.
FIDEL V. RAMOS
(sgd) RUBEN D.TORRES