Anti-poverty Sec. visits Siquijor homeplace
By Rizalie Anding Calibo
Province of Siquijor (3 December) -- National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Jose Eliseo Rocamora, a blue-blooded Siquijodnon, visited his home province of Siquijor on November 29 to grace the blessings and inauguration of the newly completed 4.9 PNP building and oathtaking ceremonies of newly-elected barangay and SK officials in Larena town, Siquijor.
In his message, Rocamora inspired Siquijodnon by saying Siquijor Province is one of his top priorities and the reason why he accepted President Benigno S. Aquino III's appointment for him as NAPC Lead Convenor.
He said his and the other local officials' greatest challenge should be creating opportunities for the poor, developing and maximizing local talents so that locals do not have to aspire going and finding jobs in other places or even abroad.
He also challenged barangay and SK officials to serve and work hard for development, being the closest government to the people, as he assured that he will also strive hard to access funds from different departments for the local anti-poverty programs and projects implementation.
Rocamora was appointed NAPC Lead Convenor last September 17, 2010. He, along with 21 other newly appointed officials were inducted by President Aquino on November 8, including those in government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) in ceremonies held at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang.
Among those who took their oath were Deputy Executive Secretary Teofilo Pilando Jr., Assistant Executive Secretary Michael Alimurung, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Undersecretary Ferdinand Cui Jr. and Assistant Secretary Jose Emmanuel David Eva of the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Also inducted were Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, president and CEO of the Home Development and Mutual Fund (HDMF); Gemiliano Lopez, Chairman and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC); Government Corporate Counsel Raoul Creencia; and Emmanuel Borlaza, vice chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTCRB); National Dairy Authority Administrator Grace Cenas; Deputy Executive Director Augusto Canlas of the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority; National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Senior Deputy Administrator Antonio Galvez; Acting Administrator and CEO Edgardo Zaragoza of the National Tobacco Administration; Acting Executive Director Atty. Jane Bacayo of the National Meat Inspection Service; Atty. Jovy Bernabe, acting president of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation; and Acting Executive Director Manuel Jarmin of the Livestock Development Council.
Others who took their oath were Department of Education (DepED) Assistant Secretary Atty. Tonisito Umali, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Ramon Vicente Kabigting, Department of Finance (DOF) Acting Deputy Commissioner for Revenue Collection Monitoring Group Peter Manzano, Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Lucas Cauton Jr., and OTS Executive Director Pedro Galero.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Alicia Bala also took her oath as Philippine Representative for Children to the ASEAN Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children.
The President swore into office the newly elected officers of the Congressional Spouses Foundation led by its president and chairperson Quezon City vice Mayor Josefina Go-Belmonte and executive director Paula Camille Bondoc. (PIA) [top]