MALACAÑANG yesterday announced the appointments of Francisco Duque III as new chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral as new health secretary, and Agnes Devanadera as permanent justice secretary.
Duque replaced Ricardo Saludo who failed to get the nod of the Commission on Appointments.
Cabral will be succeeded Celia Yangco, DSWD undersecretary for operations and capacity building group.
Government Corporate Counsel Alberto Agra earlier replaced Devanadera as solicitor general.
Duque, a former director of the University of Pangasinan, was the medical director of the Doctor’s Pharmaceuticals Inc. before he was named undersecretary of the DOH in 2001 and later as health secretary in 2004.
Cabral, a cardiologist, was named director of the Philippine Heart Center by President Corazon Aquino.
She replaced DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman who resigned in 2005.
Yangco is the sister of the late Jose Capadocia who served as Arroyo’s press undersecretary.
More appointments are expected in the next two months as some Cabinet members who are eyeing elective positions will either resign or go on leave starting February.
Secretary to the Cabinet Silvestre Bello III is running for senator, Ermita is seeking a congressional seat in Batangas and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap is running for congressman of Bohol
Article written by: JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR
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