Palace bares job vacancies


Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Applicants, anyone?

President Benigno Aquino III is looking for qualified officials to fill up vacancies in his administration less than a month before the start of the campaign period.

At least three crucial sub-Cabinet positions are vacant: National Food Authority (NFA), National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). The top posts of these agencies were left vacant after the resignations of Lito Banayo, Benito Ramos and Eduardo Banzon, respectively.

All three cited personal or health reasons for quitting their posts. Banayo resigned on Sept. 30, while Ramos and Banzon quit early this month.

The President, however, appeared to be in no rush to make appointments.

Not a word

“No news for all three posts mentioned,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, when the Inquirer sought an update on the vacancies.

Valte said she had not received any confirmation on a possible posting for newly-retired Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Jessie Dellosa.

“Haven’t heard anything (about) Dellosa,” she said.

According to Valte, the appointments ban runs from March 29 to May 13, quoting Commission on Elections resolution No. 9385, and this gives Mr. Aquino more than two months to fill up the vacancies.

But in an ambush interview on Friday, Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang disclosed that retired Major General Eduardo del Rosario was being groomed to replace Ramos at the NDRRMC.

Husband duties

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin recommended Del Rosario after Ramos tendered his resignation to take care of his ailing wife.

Del Rosario headed the search and rescue task force formed by Mr. Aquino to oversee a massive operation for the retrieval of the remains of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in Masbate last August.

A Palace source separately disclosed to the Inquirer that Orlan Agbin Calayag may soon be named as NFA administrator.

“His (appointment) papers are being readied now,” said the Palace source.

Calayag was the chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala when the latter was still a congressman.

Potential delay

The sudden exit of NFA’s Banayo, NDRRMC’s Ramos and PhilHealth’s Banzon from government could stymie—if their posts remain unfilled up—three of the priority programs of Mr. Aquino: rice self-sufficiency (expected this year), universal health coverage for the poor, and climate change resiliency.

Overarching goal

All three crucial programs are part of the overarching goal of the administration to break the back of poverty in a country whose population is expected to grow rapidly to 97.7 million this year.

Besides the high population rate, the government says it has to contend with the increasing ferociousness and unpredictability of the weather brought about by climate change, a cross-cutting issue that affects food security, rural development, tourism, municipal and city planning, to name a few.


Smaller vacancies filled

The President, thus far, has filled other smaller vacancies, Valte announced at a press briefing on Friday.

Mr. Aquino moved Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to acting director general of the Philippine Information Agency.

Oquiñena replaced Jose Fabia.

The President also appointed Allan Gepty as deputy director general of the Intellectual Property Office, which is under the Department of Trade and Industry; Jose Grageda as acting undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform; and Janice Santos as assistant secretary of the Office of Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras.

Mr. Aquino also appointed 13 new judges and a prosecutor.

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  • Edgardo Mendoza

    palibutin mo nga si mr president doon sa amin ng makita niya isang tambak na tambay!! paikot ikot wala trabaho!!

    • Mk Dobol

      bakit paikot-ikot lang sila??? baka naman wala silang ginagawa para magkaron ng trabaho.. ndi naman pwede iasa lahat sa gobyerno.. baka naman kaya paikot-ikot lang sila ay kagagawan din nila???

      • Edgardo Mendoza

        bobo mo talaga matangap sila 6 na buwan tapos dalawang taon bago tawagan! kaya tambay dami gus2 mo bigyan pa kita ng listahan baka wala ka maibigay na trabaho!! baka ibigay mo trabaho mang holdap!!

    • Ron

      Mag-apply kamo sila ng trabaho imbis na magpa-ikot ikot. lol. 

      • Edgardo Mendoza

        ano sinasabi mo jan wala nga trabaho wala nga maaplayan puro 6month tapos dalawang taon tambay bobo talaga!! paikutin mo si mr president pag sabihan ang mga mayor nila at governor gumawa ng trabaho!! di siya lumabas ng makita niya ang isang tambak na tambay nag nanakaw na nga ng manok wala makain’ pati ba naman ugat ng puno kinakain na kawawa

  • Maldi2

    Di baling ma tambay ako, wag lang manungkulan sa isang amoyong na abnoy!

    • EOJ

       Abnoy ka nga maldit2.LOL!

  • kismaytami

    Tibagin na lang yang tatlong ahensiyang yan. Pag-aaksaya lang yan ng pera ng taumbayan. Yung NFA, nabubulukan lang ng bigas sa mga warehouse, yung NDRRMC, palpak at reactionary kaya mas maraming namamatay sa mga natural disaster ngayon kaysa sa noon, yung PhilHealth naman, buwan-buwan mag-kaltas sa suweldo, pero hindi pwedeng magamit pambili ng gamot o kaya’y pangkunsulta sa duktor, tinawang pa nilang PhilHealth.

  • Your_King

    Everyone who works for Aquino but not part of his KKK is realizing that it’s hard doing all the work when the boss does nothing other than delegate. The DILG has had problems and so has the DAR and BuCor and the non-existent NDRRMC. All these departments have had no major support from Aquino so i can see why so many people are resigning.I hope Aquino doesn’t take this time to show people that he is creating new jobs when in reality unemployment in the country just increased by a few.

  • Jhune

    Mahina na yata ang kita sa gobiyerno ngayon, mahigpit ang amo sa corruption kaya kakaunti ang nagpriprisenta. Sabi ng mga buwaya walang pakinabang…

  • agustin

    Baluktot na daan para kay smuggler’s godfather Lito Banayo. Rice smuggling was scheduled for senate investigation but was scrapped due to the influence of Lacson. Banayo was Lacson’s planner and trainer for Witness Academy against the last administration. Banayo resigned as NFA administrator but never punish for his wrongdoing. tuwid na daan is just a propaganda.

  • boybakal

    Palace bares job vacancies…

    One way of telling that jobs are abound.
    These job vacancies is included in DOLE report.

    On the other hand, many are leaving than coming.
    The Office and the Boss must be pleasant to work with.
    It is not only that you work for President but the President must be a good employer.
    Baka mura ang inaabot, hindi na, magtitiis na lang sa maliit na sweldo, ganyan lang naman ang buhay…You live to work…Better live and eat.

  • F alonso

    Owws,nag announce,pero matagal nang inayos mga pwesto na bet.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • batangpaslit

    seryoso ba ang Malacanang Palace in inviting competent Filipinos for the vacant postions?
    rigodon lang din yata ang nangyayari
    kung hindi retired generals ang kinukuha, ang mga natalo sa election ang ilagay sa puwesto.
    i don’t want to sound cynical; but, it is hat i observed since the days that i became concious about the political life of the nation

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