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PGMA administers oath to LBP chief, receives medal-winning RP athletes in 15th Asian Games

Quezon City (19 December) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administered today the oath of office to Gilda Elepano-Pico as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), and five other ranking government officials in ceremonies in Malacanang.

The five others are Jose Sonny Matula, commissioner of the Social Security System (SSS); Andrea Domingo, acting general manager of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), and Richard Roger Amurao, Katrina Erika Zialcita Alday and Minerva Tan as assistant secretaries under the Office of the President.

Before her appointment to the LBP top post, Pico served as acting president and CEO of the state-owned banking institution. She joined the bank in 1981 as assistant vice president and has been with the LBP since then.

Matula, meanwhile, was a member of the Consultative Commission (ConCom), the study and advisory group created to help Congress on the proposed Charter change.

Domingo, on the other hand, was immigration commissioner from 1989 to 1992 and a member of Congress for Pampanga from 1992 to 1995.

Amurao, Alday and Tan are all lawyers recently recruited by the Office of the President to serve as assistant secretaries.

The President also conferred the Order of Lakandula, Special Class of Champion for Life, on mountaineer Romi Garduce for his feat in conquering Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak.

Garduce, 37, was one of the three Filipino mountaineers who successfully made it to the summit of Mt. Everest in Nepal last May 2006.

Also present at this morning's Malacanang affair were a number of Filipino athletes who won medals for the country during the recently-concluded 15th Asian Games 2006 in Doha, Qatar.

Those who called on the President were Joan Tipon (gold medalist in the men's light flyweight category), Violito Payla (gold medalist in men's lightweight category), Godfrey Castro (bronze medalist in the men's lightweight category) and Genebert Basarde (men's light flyweight category), boxing competitions.

The other athletes were: Antonio Gabica (gold medalist, 9-ball pool men's singles) and Jeffrey de Luna (silver medalist in 9-ball pool men's singles) for cue sports; Michael Eric Babica (bronze medalist-men's individual event) for golf; Ma. Marra Pabillore (silver medalist-women's kumite-53 kilogram category) and Noel Espinosa (bronze medalist-men's individual kata event) for karate;

Tshomlee Go (silver medalist-men's 62kg.), Mary Antoinette Rivero (silver-women's 67kg. category), Kathleen Eunice Alore (bronze medalist-women's 47kg. category), Veronica Domingo (bronze medalist-women's 63kg. category), Manuel Rivero, Jr. (bronze medalist-men's 67kg. category) for taekwondo; Cecil Mamiit (bronze medalist-men's singles and doubles event and Frederick Taino (Bronze medalist-men's doubles event) for tennis;

Rene Catalan (gold medalist-men's sanshou 52kg.) and Edward Folayang (silver medalist-men's sanshou 70kg.) for wushu.

Medalists in the 14th Asian Masters Championships also called on the President. They are: Erlinda Lavandia (gold medalist-javelin throw), Elma Muros-Posada (gold medalist-100 meter dash) and Emerson Obiena (gold medalist-pole vault).

Mrs. Hawaii-Filipina Armi Farinas and Ms. Centennial Hawaii-Filipina Joan Caro, the University of the East Choral, and the winners of the recently concluded World Robotics Olympiad held in Nanning, China, rounded up the personalities who called on the President. (PIA) [top]

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