Aquino Appoints New Gov’t Officials

MANILA, Philippines - President Noynoy Aquino has appointed several new government officials, including Tourism Assistant Secretary Domingo Ramon Enerio III as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

Enerio was also appointed member of the board of directors of TPB and will have a term of office beginning July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Enerio has been serving assistant secretary for tourism planning and promotions since August 2010. He also worked as officer-in-charge of the TPB since February 2011.

The President also appointed five new directors of the TPB, namely Magarita Munsayac representing accommodation enterprises, Ma. Margarita Villarica for travel and tour services; Isagani Buenaflor for land air and sea tourist transport services; Edwin Vincent Ortiz for other accredited tourism enterprises, and Maria Montserrat Hamlin for conventions and travel exhibitions. All of the new directors will also serve until the end of June, 2013.

The TPB, an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, is assigned to implement integrated domestic and international promotions and marketing program for the Philippines as a tourism destination.

Meantime, the President signed the appointment papers of a number of low-level officials.

Among the new officers are Luis Rey Velasco as member of the board of Philippine Rice Research Institute, Rolando Cañizal as acting assistant secretary of the Department of Tourism, Romell Cuenca as director IV of the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines, Nerie Bueno as director III of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Nelly Dillera as director II of the Department of Trade and Industry, Marilyn Sta. Catalina as director IV of the Department of Agriculture, and Marissa Cabreros and Margaret Lauron as directors III of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.