PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles as chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). 

CSC Commissioner Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada confirmed the appointment of Mr. Nograles, who is also the President’s spokesperson, in a Viber message to BusinessWorld. 

According to the appointment letter signed on March 4, Mr. Nograles has been named ad interim CSC chairman, which requires confirmation by legislators. 

Mr. Nograles replaced Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, who ended her seven-year term on Feb. 2. The Palace official’s term of service will end in Feb. 2029. 

Mr. Nograles was appointed as Cabinet Secretary in 2018. In November last year, he replaced a presidential spokesman who resigned to run for senator in the 2022 elections. 

Mr. Nograles also serves as co-chairperson of the government’s inter-agency pandemic task force. He is currently the executive vice president of the PDP-Laban party faction chaired by Mr. Duterte.

Before joining the Cabinet, Mr. Nograles was on his third and last term as the elected House representative for the 1st district of Davao City, Mr. Duterte’s hometown. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza