Palace bares more appointments



Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has appointed two new undersecretaries and several other ranking officials in various agencies of government.

The President appointed Undersecretary Angelita Gregorio-Medel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Undersecretary Catherine Jennifer Francis P. Gonzales of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Mr. Aquino also named several directors for DOTC, Department of National Defense (DND), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

All these appointment papers were signed on Dec. 21, 2012, but this was public only Friday by deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

The new directors are Maria Karen S. Olidan (Director III) of DOTC, replacing Jaime Raphael C. Feliciano; Dinna Anna Lee Cartujano (Acting Director III) of DND, replacing Iluminada Afuang; Edilberto Tayao (Acting Director IV of DPWH), replacing Sinaolan Macarambon; and SEC Assistant Director Ferdinand Sales as acting Director, replacing Benito Cataran.

The President also renewed the appointment of Isidro Antonio Asper as member of the Tesda board, representing the labor sector. Asper, vice president for external affairs of the Federation of Free Workers, has been with Tesda board since 1995.

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  • Pia Pilar Francisco

    Thank God Rico Puno is not included in the new appointments. Please Mr. President, let’s not have him back in the government. For the good of the country and your own trust rating.

  • Rolly257

    I don’t want Puno either in any branch of the government…for the sake of PNoy.

    Compared to 90% of public officials…elected or otherwise, Puno is way much cleaner.

  • Fulpol

    how many Anakbayan’s in the row?

    • kulittwit

       Nanlilimahid sa inggit ang taga bayan muna.LOL!

  • disqusted0fu

    Yes, the president has the total control of everything he wants, his way… ONLY his way and those people who will stop him from doing what he wants will suffer.

    In no time, the Philippine government will be transformed into Pnoy’s own, and not anymore a government for the people but only for himself, his family and his friends.

  • Your_King

    Aquino adding more of his KKK into the government to add to his power while kicking people out like Garcia who will be a threat to his attempt at dominance.

  • $14141131

    Smells election. Selection of mostly women can raise their share in public management and, of couse, the women’s votes..

  • boybakal

    Too many appointments, too many government.
    It means more money to spend for these people, and more money to collect from the people.

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