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President Benigno S. Aquino III swore in new officials of various government agencies to help his administration in the implementation of development programs that will bring about the economic and social change for the benefit of the Filipino people.

In simple mass oath taking ceremonies on Monday at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Monday, the Chief Executive administered the oath of office to the following newly appointed officials: Secretary Elisea Gozun as Presidential Assistant II for Climate Change and Ronald Llamas as Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs all under the Office of the President.

Also sworn in were Mr. Alfredo Pascual as the 20th president of the University of the Philippines (UP); Erlinda Basilio as Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Rafael Seguis as Undersecretary for Administration (DFA); Esteban Conejos as Undersecretary for Migrant Workers (DFA); Cattleya Amador as Asst. Secretary, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson and William Varias as Assistant Secretary, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel (CPLC);

Hernani Panganiban as chairman as Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Department of Agriculture (DA); Ramon Alikpala as chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Authority (MWSA)-Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Gerardo Esquivel as Acting Administrator, MWSA-DPWH; Teresita Manzala as chairman Professional Regulatory Commission, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE); Carlos Cao Jr. as Administrator of the POEA-DoLE; Jose Martin Aliling as chairman and member of the board of the Northrail-Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC); Atty. Daniel Henares as member of the board of the Northrail-DoTC; Dr. Alex Ayco as member of the board of the PhilHealth-Department of Health (DoH).

Other officials who took their oath of office include: Albay Province Governor Joey Salceda as chairperson of the Albay – Region V, Regional Development Council under the office of National Development Economic Authority (NEDA) with Father Leo Casas as his co-chair.

Governor Victor Tanco Sr., as chairperson of the Capiz – Region VI, Regional Development Council-NEDA with Ma. Luisa Segovia as co-Chair.

Arego Melisimo as co-chairperson of the Negros Oriental –Region VII, Regional Development Council.

Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla the chairperson of the Leyte Region VIII, Regional Development Council-NEDA with Tiburcio Morales as co-chair; Mayor Evelyn Uy as chairperson of the Dipolog City Region IX Regional Development Council-NEDA with Enrico Montano as her co-chairperson.

Vicente Lao as co-chair of the Davao City Region XI, Regional Development Council.

Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio as chairperson of the General Santos City Region XII, Regional Development Council with Ramon Floresta as co-chair.

Governor Joel Baac, as chairperson of the Kalinga-Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) Regional Development Council-NEDA with Virgilio Bautista as co-chairperson.

Also sworn is Mr. Ramon del Rosario as Member of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council – representing the private sector also under the office of NEDA. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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