New Cabinet Secretaries assume posts

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Members of the Duterte Cabinet assumed their posts on Friday, all set to work as the new administration begins.

At the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), employees welcomed Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello.

Even labor groups, who usually hold protests against the Labor chief, gave Bello a warm welcome.

In his speech, Bello promised an absolute end to contractualization. He also vowed to speed up the processing of employment documents, to resolve labor cases, and to catch and punish illegal recruiters, among others.

Bello revealed they are also looking into the possible implementation of a bounty system to immediately topple illegal recruiters.

"Pinag-uusapan namin ang possible bounty system. 'Pag may nagbigay ng info na validated, mabibigyan ng reward 'yan," Bello said.

[Translation: "We are looking into the possible implementation of a bounty system. A reward will be given to anyone who gives validated information."]

"Ang nabanggit ko ₱50,000. 'Yung mga taga-overseas employment industry, they volunteered to contribute to the bounty."

[Translation: "I mentioned ₱50,000. Those from the overseas employment industry volunteered to contribute to the bounty."]

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Department of Agriculture (DA) employees also met with their new chief, Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol.

Piñol promised to hit the ground running and prioritize the needs of farmers.

"We will give all support needed from irrigation," Piñol said. "The directors who will not deliver will be booted out."

Piñol also assured the country will achieve rice sufficiency within two years.

With fighting criminality and drugs at the top of Duterte's priorities, being the Justice Secretary is a tall order – but Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre hopes to be able to deliver with the help of Department of Justice (DOJ) employees and officials.

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Among Aguirre's plans is to install signal jammers at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in a bid to stop any means of communication among prisoners that can lead to the selling and manufacturing of illegal drugs. 

These jammers are projected to cost some ₱10 million.

Meanwhile, Ramon Lopez left the private sector to take on a more public role as the Trade Secretary.

Despite coming from a big private company, Lopez vowed to strengthen micro, small, and medium enterprises, and to protect the rights of consumers.

Both the Trade and Labor chiefs plan to up a 24/7 hotline that would answer the questions and complaints of the public.

CNN Philippines Correspondents Joyce Ilas, Rex Remitio, Anjo Alimario, and Camille Abadicio contributed to this report.