Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Incoming cabinet announced

Noynoy to act as DILG chief
Manila Bulletin

After weeks of deliberation and much speculation from the media and the public, President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III finally introduced the members of his Cabinet a day before his inauguration as the 15th President of the Republic.

Aquino will act as Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary as he has yet to decide on who will take the DILG portfolio.

As earlier reported Aquino’s Cabinet was a combination of seasoned government officials and names from the private sector.

Aquino made the announcement at the P-Noy lawyers' headquarters on Samar Street in Quezon City.

The incoming President's Cabinet picks are diverse which featured some familiar faces and some new ones.

The Aquino officials:

Executive Secretary – Lawyer Paquito Ochoa Jr.; Foreign Affairs – Alberto Romulo; Justice – Leila de Lima; Defense – Voltaire Gazmin; Education – Bro. Armin Luistro; Finance – Cesar Purisima; Presidential Management Staff – Julia Abad; Budget and Management – Florencio Abad; National Economic and Development Authority – Cayetano Pederanga; Agriculture – Proceso Alcala; Environment and Natural Resources – Ramon Paje; Transportation and Communication – Jose “Ping” de Jesus; Labor and Employment – Rosalinda Baldoz; Health – Dr. Enrique Ona; Tourism – Alberto Lim; Trade and Industry – Gregory Domingo; Social Works and Development – Corazon “Dinky” Soliman; Science and Technology – Dr. Mario Montejo; Energy – Jose Rene Almendras; Public Works and Highways – Rogelio Singson; Agrarian Reform – Virgilio delos Reyes; Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process – Ging Deles; Commission on Higher Education – Dr. Patricia Licuanan; Presidential Legal Counsel – Eduardo de Mesa; Bureau of Internal Revenue – Kim Henares; AFP Chief of Staff – Lt. Gen. Ric David; Presidential Security Group chief – Col. Ramon Dizon; Philippine National Police – Jesus Verzosa; Presidential Spokesman – Lawyer Edwin Lacierda; and Truth Commission – Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

Some positions such as Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Customs, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are still pending.
Aquino will act as DILG head in concurrent capacity until such time that the Cabinet portfolio is filled up.

What has been most striking about Aquino's appointments so far is the lack of controversy. The president-elect has moved swiftly to try to bring reassurances to the capability of his probable choices by pointing out that they have been subjected to extensive questions during the screening process.

Questions remain about how well Aquino and his newly formed Cabinet will work together. To erase any doubts, Aquino has constantly pointed out that tried assembled the team he did in part because of the strong personalities they bring to the table.

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