Aquino names new officials on various posts

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed new government officials for various positions, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the Chief Executive signed their appointment letters on May 22.

Aquino appointed Arell F. Bañez and Ruel B. Paclipan as Directors II (Provincial Director) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


Bañez obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Saint Louis University in 1990, Master of Management from the University of the Philippines in 2000 and Bachelor of Laws from the Abra Valley Colleges in 2009.

Since joining the DTI, Bañez was instrumental for the successful implementation and wider participation to the Padaya 2012 Provincial Trade Fair in Abra. He also initiated the development of the Loomweaving Village in Bulbulala, La Paz in Abra and Coffee Industry Development Project and contributed to the peace-keeping efforts of the government.

Paclipan earned his Bachelor of Business Management from the University of the Philippines in Cebu City in 1985, Master in Public Administration from the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro in 1993, and Doctor in Management from the Liceo de Cagayan University in Cagayan de Oro in 2001.

While working in the government, he spearheaded the barangay-based enterprise development program dubbed as One Barangay One Product and initiated network with Iligan Chamber and Lanao de Norte Chamber in mounting projects and events geared towards enhancing business confidence in Lanao del Norte. Through the active advocacy of the DTI in the province, the Local Price Coordinating Council of Iligan has been mobilized during the typhoon Sendong.

The President, likewise, appointed Ralph Pastor A. Salazar as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine National Oil Company-Renewables Corporation (PNOC-RC), to serve the unexpired term of office ending June 30, 2013. He will replace Carlo L. Cruz.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Divine Word University in Tacloban City in 1986 and had served in various private corporations and civic organizations.

Aquino also appointed Blesila A. Lantayona as Assistant Secretary of the DTI, replacing Ma. Theresa L. Pelayo-Ty.

Lantayona graduated Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Major in Economics (Cum Laude) from the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City in 1979, Master in Agribusiness (Certificate) from the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City in 1986 and MBA in International Business European School of Management in Paris, France in 1994. She had served as DTI Regional Director (Director IV) in Region III since August 13, 1999 until her appointment. (SDR/Sunnex)

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