AFTER firing him in October last year, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has reappointed Joel B. Maglunsod to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).
The President appointed Mr. Maglunsod as Executive Director III of DoLE’s National Maritime Polytechnic, according to his appointment paper dated Jan. 25. Mr. Maglunsod was replaced by Ana C. Dione.
Sought for comment, Mr. Maglunsod said in a phone message to BusinessWorld that he accepted the position because he still wants to serve the labor sector. “Gusto ko pa rin magpatuloy ang serbisyo ko sa mga manggagawa’t mamayan,” he said.
Mr. Duterte said in a speech last year that Mr. Maglunsod’s affiliation with left-leaning labor groups was the main factor for his dismissal.
For his part, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III told reporters, “Siguro inisip ni Mr. President na mas bagay siya doon.” (Perhaps the President thinks he [Mr. Maglunsod]might be more suitable there [in his new post]).
The Palace also released the appointment papers of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Kelvin Lester K. Lee, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio N. Gardiola, Jr., Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) member Paul Christian M. Cervantes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the Philippines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia Noel Eugene Eusebio M. Servigon, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chile (with concurrent jurisdiction over Ecuador and Peru) Ma. Teresita C. Daza. — Arjay L. Balinbin