BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Newly-installed Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. returned to Malacañang Thursday afternoon after his inauguration at the National Museum to lead the oath-taking of his designates.
The “first official act” of his administration was how President Marcos described the mass oath-taking of his new Cabinet secretaries.
As of this date, Marcos has named at least 24 appointees to his Cabinet, some also members of former President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet.
The new officials who accepted Marcos’ nomination for Cabinet seat to head their respective departments are:
- Education- Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio
- Interior and Local Government: Benjamin Abalos
- Executive Secretary: Atty. Vic Rodriguez
- Justice: Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla
- National Economic and Development Authority: Arsenio Balisacan
- Labor and Employment: Bienvenido Laguesma
- Migrant Workers: Susan Ople
- Finance: Benjamin Diokno
- Trade and Industry: Alfredo Pascual
- Social Welfare and Development: Erwin Tulfo
- Agrarian Reform: Rep. Conrado Estrella III
- Tourism: Mayor Ma. Christina Frasco
- Transportation: Jaime Bautista
- Information and Communications Technology: Ivan John Uy
- Presidential Communications Operations Office: Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles
- Budget and Management: Amenah Pangandaman
- Public Works and Highways Secretary: Manny Bonoan
- Defense Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr. (Acting Defense chief)
- Agriculture: President Marcos
Marcos Jr. has yet to pick secretaries to head the following departments: Health Foreign Affairs and Energy.
More appointees are expected to be named in the following days.
He also appointed the following to their respective offices:
- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor: Felipe Medalla
- Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations: Romeo Lumagui Jr.
- Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner: Lilia Guillermo
- Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairperson: Cheloy Garafil
- Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chairperson: Silvestre Bello III
- Special Assistant to the President: Anton Lagdameo
- Presidential Management Staff Secretary: Naida Angping
- National Security Adviser: Clarita Carlos
- Solicitor General: Menardo Guevara
- Philippine Ports Authority: Christopher Pastrana
- Civil Service Commission: Karlo Alexei Nograles
- Commission on Audit Chairperson: Jose Calida
- Government Service Insurance System President and General Manager: Jose Arnulfo Veloso
- National Intelligence Coordinating Agency: Ricardo de Leon
President Marcos visited Malacañang early yesterday to sign the Palace guest book and meet with former President Rodrigo Duterte before he went to the National Museum of the Philippines for his inauguration ceremony.
Duterte meanwhile received final military honors before he left the Palace to formally end his six-year term as President.