FIVE more nominees were named today as Secretary-designates to various departments of the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.
In a press briefing, incoming Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles told reporters that those nominated for the cabinet positions are:
1. former chair of the Commission on Information and Communication and Technology (CICT) Atty. Ivan John Uy, as Secretary-designate of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT);
2. former Manila Rep. Naida Angping, as Secretary-designate of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS);
3. Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Assistant Governor Amenah ‘Mina’ Pangandaman, as Secretary-designate of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM);
4. Liloan Mayor Esperanza Christina Frasco, as Secretary-designate of the Department of Tourism;
5. and renowned journalist and public servant Erwin Tulfo, as Secretary-designate of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Uy, apart from being in the cabinet of former President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), is also the current corporate secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and a Humprey fellow of the University of Minnesota.
He is also a well-known information technology (IT) law expert and a regular resource person for both houses of Congress and the Senate on IT matters.
Uy said he will focus on the digital infrastructure which was among the main programs and campaign promises of Marcos.
“The president-elect’s vision of a digitally empowered citizenry actively participating in the increasingly digital economy would greatly help address nagging issues on poverty, job creation, bridging the digital divide making us globally competitive,” said Uy who added that he will promote and strengthen the digital economy, digital education and e-governance.
For her part, Angping is also not new in the public service as she served three-term as a congresswoman in the third district of Manila and with vast experience in international relations and diplomacy.
Angping, who won Ms. Caltex in 1970, also served as technical assistant of the Office of the Governor of Leyte and executive assistant of former China, Saudi Arabia, and US Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez
Meanwhile, counting over two decades of policy development and finance expertise, Pangandaman led various government offices before landing the role of managing director of the Office of the Governor and Executive Offices of BSP in 2019.
Pangandaman is also a former assistant secretary of DBM and former chief of staff of the late Senate President Edgardo Angara.
DOT Secretary designate Frasco, on the other hand, is a two-termer mayor of Liloan, a first income class municipality in Metro Cebu.
Frasco also served as the spokesperson of incoming Vice President Inday Sara Duterte in the last elections.
The DSWD Secretary designate is a known public servant, popular television and radio personality.
Public service is also not new to Tulfo, who has been helping the public for more than three decades.
Apart from being a veteran journalist, Tulfo has long been known for helping through his “action center,” which became a refuge and destination for the oppressed people, particularly the poor.
People with financial, medical, and other needs seek refuge in Tulfo’s action center for help.