Appointments of senior palace officials bared

April 23, 2009 11:06 am 

MANILA, April 22 — Malacanang announced today the appointment of several senior officials and the filling up of the post left vacant by the tragic death of Undersecretary for Presidential Engagements Marilou Frostrom in a helicopter crash last April 7.

The appointments secretary of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Frostrom also headed the Office of Regional concerns (CRC) at the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).

In his weekly regular briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that President Arroyo has appointed Bong Joves as appointments secretary.

Appointed as chief of the ORC and head organizer of the President's provincial visits was Ms. Ann Blyth Tia.

Frostrom was among those who died in the helicopter crash on a flight to Ifugao, along with Press Undersecretary Jose "Joecap" Capadocia, Perlita Bandayanon, PMS Assistant Director and Frostrom's deputy head in ORC; and Brig Gen. Carlos Clet, Presidential Senior Military Aide; Maj Rolando Sacatani, Capt. Alvin Alegata, Sgt. Roegem Perez and Quarter Master Demelyn Reyno.

The eight formed the core of the presidential advance party for the April 8 Presidential inspection of the Halsema Highway in Ifugao when the accident happened.

Ermita also announced the appointment of Orlando Fondrade as undersecretary of the Deparment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Hondrade replaced DPWH Undersecretary for Luzon Ramon Aquino who succumbed to multiple organ failure last March 19 a week after he was ambushed by still unidentified assailants outside the DPWH compound in Port Area, Manila.

The other appointments announced by Ermita were that of Mark Milan as assistant secretary at the Department of National Defense (DND); Dr. Arthur Rey B. Aquino, M.D., as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC); and Jose Manuel Mamauag as commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights. (PNA)

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