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BBM names nominations for critical positions, including DOTr Secretary-designate.

Along with other significant nominees for his administration’s transportation cluster, President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. selected seasoned airline executive Jaime “Jimmy” Bautista as Secretary-designate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday.

Before taking his second retirement in 2019, Bautista, a Certified Public Accountant, spent 25 years at the nation’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), serving as its president for a total of 13 years.

As he advanced in PAL’s hierarchy, Bautista eventually held the positions of Vice President for Finance from 1993 to 1994, Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1999, Executive Vice President from 1999 to 2004, President from 2004 to 2012, and President from 2014 to 2019 before retiring.

Cesar Chavez, a former deputy administrator for the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), was also chosen by Marcos as the DOTr’s undersecretary-designate for rails.

The Metro Manila Subway, the Philippine National Railway (PNR) Manila to Calamba, the PNR Manila to Bicol, and the Tagum-Davao-Digos Mindanao rail projects all received approval from the National Economic Development Authority Board thanks in large part to Chavez, who President Rodrigo Duterte appointed to the same position in 2017.

In order to provide travelers with seamless transportation, Chavez is also credited with coordinating the connection of the LRT Line 1 in Monumento to the MRT 3 in North Edsa.

Prior to working in the transportation industry, Chavez served as the National Youth Commission’s (NYC) Chairperson, Assistant General Manager for Planning, and Youth Sector Representative in the 9th Congress.

In the meantime, Marcos proposed Atty. Cheloy E. Garafil, a seasoned journalist and attorney, as the new Chairperson-designate of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Garafil served as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a state solicitor for the Office of the Solicitor General before taking a position as service director at the House of Representatives Committee on Rules (OSG).

She spent more than ten years working as a media professional for several news outlets, including the Philippine Daily Globe, Central News Agency, Associated Press, and Malaya.

Garafil is a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Philippine Air Force Reserve and has a Master’s degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College.

Christopher “Chet” Pastrana, the designated general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority, completes the list of candidates for President-elect Marcos’ transport cluster (PPA).

Pastrana, a prominent businessman in the transportation sector, brings with him years of experience in a variety of areas related to public maritime transport, logistics, and aviation.

Pastrana is the President and CEO of CAPP Industries, a supply, and logistics company. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, in 1987.

Additionally, Pastrana serves as the Chairman of Archipelago Philippines Ferries Corp. (APFC), which owns and manages the most well-known and reputable ferry brand in the industry, FastCat ferries.

As MECO’s chair, Bello

In addition, Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III, the outgoing Labor Secretary, was named by Marcos as Chairman and Resident Representative-designate of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office. Marcos also proposed two other departing Duterte administration officials (MECO).

In 2016, Duterte appointed Bello as the DOLE Secretary. Bello has worked in government for decades and has held a number of roles, including Acting Secretary of Justice and Solicitor General in 1998, both during the administration of then-President Fidel Ramos.

From 2004 until 2010, Bello served as the former president Gloria Macapagal-cabinet Arroyo’s secretary, and from 2013 to 2016, she served as a representative on the party list.

Additionally, Marcos renominated Karlo Nograles, a former cabinet secretary, to serve as the next chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Nograles was one of the Duterte ad-interim appointees that the Commission on Appointments (CA) passed through in June due to a lack of quorum.

Before being appointed to multiple positions in the Executive branch by Duterte, attorney Nograles served as the first district representative for Davao City for eight years.

Nograles has held a number of positions including cabinet secretary, chairman of the inter-agency task force on zero hunger, spokesperson for the inter-agency task force for the management of infectious diseases, and acting presidential spokeswoman.

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