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Roxas assumes transportation post; deputies to be named




Posted on July 04, 2011


FORMER SENATOR Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas II will be sworn into office today, a Palace aide said.

Deputy Spokesperson Abigail D. Valte said at the weekend that the former running mate of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III will be taking his oath with other appointed officials today and can assume his Cabinet role.

“A lot of people have been asking when former senator Mar Roxas will take his oath... he was still out of the country at that time [July 1],” said Ms. Valte over state-run dzRB.

Mr. Roxas replaces Jose P. de Jesus who retired effective June 30.

Mr. Roxas’s deputies have yet to be named, Ms. Valte said, with appointments still pending at the Office of the Executive Secretary.

The vacancies are for undersecretaries for railways and civil aviation, planning and project development, and road transport.

The positions were rendered vacant as the team brought in by Mr. de Jesus -- Ruben S. Reinoso, Jr., Dante M. Velasco and Glicerio V. Sicat -- had stepped down to give way to appointees of Mr. Roxas.

Sought for comment, Mr. Roxas said in a text message yesterday: “I have spoken to several persons already to invite them to join government. They are all from the private sector, are professional, well-experienced and accomplished in each of their fields, and apolitical.”

Further asked when his new team will be announced, he said: “This week. They are now getting permission from their wives and families.”

Prior to his stint as senator in the 13th and 14th Congress, the 54-year-old Roxas had served as a Trade secretary during the Estrada and Arroyo administrations.

At 35, he started in government as congressman of Capiz (1st district) and eventually became House majority leader.

He was voted Liberal Party president in 2007 and retains the position with Mr. Aquino as chairman.

Mr. Roxas’s oath taking is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the President’s Hall.

Meanwhile, Malacañang at the weekend also announced new appointments a year after the administration started its term.

Appointed were members of the National Consumer Affairs Council under the Department of Trade and Industry, and the National Council for Children’s Television, and the Teacher Education Council, both under the Department of Education.

Ms. Valte issued the announcements over state-run dzRB.

New members of the National Consumer Affairs Council are Jose P. Pepito, Jr., Leonora C. del Fierro, Marie Grace Bernadette P. Chua and Alberta Quinto as representatives from the consumer sector.

Walter Co and Bernido H. Liu were appointed as representatives from the business and industry sector.

Meanwhile, the National Council for Children’s Television gains Mag Cruz Hatol, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Carla M. Pacis, Cristina Lim Yuson and Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz, as representatives of broadcast media, child development specialists, the academe, child-focused nongovernmental organizations, and parents.

Finally, the Teacher Education Council under DepEd now has Brenda B. Corpuz representing Luzon, Purita P. Bilbao representing Visayas, Amor Q. de Torres representing Mindanao, and Gladys C. Nivera representing Mathematics teachers.

They shall serve for three years. -- Johanna Paola D. Poblete