MANILA, Philippines – Forty-three presidential appointees took their oath in the company of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, September 12.
Among them are University of the Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero de Vera III, who took his oath as a commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was an adviser to then presidential candidate Grace Poe.
Communications Assistant Secretaries Ramon Cualoping III and Queenie Rodulfo also took their oaths on this day. Joseph Lawrence Garcia, who used to be Davao City Information Officer when Duterte was mayor, was sworn in as a Communications Assistant Secretary.
PAGASA Acting Administrator Vicente Malano is sworn in as PAGASA Administrator.
Alexander Balutan, who was previously set to head the Bureau of Corrections, was sworn in as a chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
The new appointees are:
Cherie Lei Santos - Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation (DOTr)
Lino Dabi - Assistant Secretary, DOTr
Datu Abul Khayr Alonto - Chairperson, Mindanao Development Authority
Adelino Sitoy - Presidential Adviser on Legislative Affairs
Roland Bondoc - Assistant Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration, Office of the President (OP)
Jennifer Joy C. Ong - Assistant Secretary, OP
Erwin Enad - Assistant Secretary, OP
Jose Jorge Corpuz - Chairman and Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
Alexander Balutan - General Manager and Member, Board of Directors (PCSO)
Loreta Ata - Member, Board of Directors, PCSO
Kelvin Lester Lee - Assistant Secretary, Office of the Executive Secretary
Amable Aguiluz V - Special Envoy of the President ot the Gulf Cooperation Council
Gertrudo De Leon - Undersecretary, Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
Agnes Joyce Bailen - Undersecretary, DBM
Vicente Malano - Administrator, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, under Department of Science and Technology
Marcos Risonar Jr - Undersecretary, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
Sylvia Mallari - Undersecretary, DAR
Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan - Undersecretary, DAR
David Erro - Undersecretary, DAR
Teresita Vistro - Assistant Secretary, DAR
Elmer Distor - Assistant Secretary, DAR
Milagros Isabel Cristobal - Assistant Secretary, DAR
Thomas Orbos - General Manager, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Julia Catherine Nebrija - Assistant General Manager, MMDA
Michelle Angelica Go - Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Antonio Kho Jr - Undersecretary, Department of Justice
Virginia Orogo - Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development
Prospero De Vera III - Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education
George Apacible - Undersecretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)