Mar Roxas takes DILG post, Abaya to DOTC

Former Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary (DOTC) Manuel “Mar” Roxas III is the new Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary. Following the death of former SILG Jesse Robredo, the President, Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Sec. Roxas to the position vacated by Robredo. Initially several names have floated as posibble consideration to be the next DILG Chief. Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Ping Lacson and Albay Governor Joey Salceda are among those who were considered to be Robredo’s successor. But just today Friday, August 31, 2012, President announced the appointment of Sec. Mar Roxas to the DILG.

In his appointment speech, the President said that Mar is the rightful successor to Sec. Robredo having proved his worth in DOTC. He also added that he has great trust on Roxas to continue the programs and good governance agenda that was started by the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.

Mar on his part, thanked the President for trusting him with the very important DILG post. In his acceptance speech, he promised that he will do all he can to earn the trust of the President and the public. He also stated the big responsibility waiting for him in the Department. He even said “I have big shoes or big ‘tsinelas’ to fill” referring to the accomplishments and legacy of Robredo. He promised to take good care of what Jesse Robredo have planted in the Department and to continue with the reforms in local government.

Meanwhile, because DOTC will be vacated with Roxas’ appointment to the DILG, the President appointed Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya to take-over Roxas’ position as DOTC Secretary. Abaya is currently the Chairman of House Appropriations Committe and Secreatary General of Liberal Party. The President trusts Abaya to continue Roxas’ projects and reforms in the Transportation and Communications Department.

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