PGMA names new NTC commissioner

August 26, 2009 10:50 am 

MANILA, Aug. 26 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed lawyer Gamaliel Cordoba commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Cordoba replaces Commissioner Ruel Canobas, who resigned in July to attend to his wife who had undergone an operation.

Like Canobas, Cordoba has worked in Malacanang in various capacities, first as chief of staff of the Presidential Chief of Staff, then as assistant executive secretary and undersecretary in the Office of the Executive Secretary.

In 2006, Cordoba became appointments secretary to the President. He held various other positions in ex-officio capacities, including board directorship in the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine National Railways (PNR), and the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC)-Funds Assistance Group.

Until recently, Cordoba was a director in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) board.

Before joining the government, Cordoba worked as lawyer with the Siguion Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Offices and SGV auditing firm.

Cordoba is an alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a doctorate in law from that prestigious school.

Cordoba will coordinate the activities of other government agencies and the private sector to elevate the Philippines to the ranks of leading ICT-driven economies in Asia.

Also appointed by the President on the same day was Augusto Santos as acting Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) following the resignation of Ralph Recto.

Santos rose through the ranks, starting as an economic researcher of the Presidential Economic Staff of the National Economic Council (now NEDA). He was appointed NEDA deputy director general in 2000.

The President also named Derek Puertollano as Assistant Solicitor General; and Bernard Mancinas as Part-Time Commissioner representing the Bikol Language of the Commission on the Filipino Language. (PNA)

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