President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has placed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) back under the supervision of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The transfer was contained in the president’s Executive Order No. 5, which was signed and became effective on Friday.

Marcos Jr. has repeatedly said he wanted to “streamline the government” to improve and make efficient its functions.

“It is the policy of the national government to rationalize the functional structures of agencies with complementary mandates and promote coordination, efficiency and organizational coherence in the bureaucracy,” the order read.

According to the order, the serving secretary of labor will be the chairperson of the Tesda board.

Marcos Jr. in July appointed Danilo Cruz, a former DOLE undersecretary, as the new director general of the Tesda.

Tesda is among the agencies Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual earlier said the government would coordinate with to address the country’s job mismatch problem, along with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education. John Ezekiel J. Hirro