By US News Agency / Asian
President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed four Cebuanos as private sector representatives of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), the body that runs the country’s busiest airport outside Manila.
President Aquino also sent a letter telling the board of his “desire” that Cebu City Planning and Development Coordinator Paul Villarete be named the next airport general manager.
Named to the MCIAA board were Engr. Pericles Dakay, Francis Monera, Melanie Ng and Roger Lim.
Except for Lim, who is presently abroad, Dakay, Monera and Ng took their oath of office before Transportation and Communication Secretary Jose de Jesus at 2 p.m. Monday, DOTC Undersecretary Aristotle Batuhan said.
Batuhan said President Aquino’s letter to the MCIAA Board, regarding its general manager, was done on the same day he signed the appointment of the new four private sector representatives.
Section 6 of Republic Act 6958, the MCIAA Charter, provides that in addition to the ex-officio members of the board, four members recommended by the Cebu Governor shall be appointed by the President for a term of four years.
“They are all very well-respected and have shown dynamism and endearing passion for Cebu,” Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said.
The governor did not confirm at first her endorsement of the four business executives, because she did not want to preempt the oath-taking.
The four will replace Valeriano Avila, Renato Osmena, Winglip Chang and Gordon Joseph, who resigned from their positions last month to give the new administration leeway to choose its own people.
Under the law, the private sector representatives are appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the governor.
However, for the position of general manager, he should be first appointed by the MCIAA board, subject to the concurrence of the President.
This is why President Aquino wrote the MCIAA board about his preference.
If Villarete is appointed, he will replace Danilo Augusto Francia, whose appointment is good until November 2010.
Villarete said he has not received a copy of President Aquino’s letter, “but of course, I would be very grateful for the President’s trust.”
Even if Francia’s appointment is valid for two months, he can be replaced anytime.
Dakay said he has to study how the entire MCIAA system works before making any recommendation to improve services and facilities of Mactan airport.
Dakay is presently the governor’s vice chairperson in the Metro Cebu Bridge Management Board. He also manages his own Dakay Construction Corp., which has just finished a resort in Lapu-Lapu City and a condominium project in Mabolo, Cebu City.
Monera is a past president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of Cebu Holdings Inc. and Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp.
Lim is the general manager of Cebu Private Power Corp. and president and chief executive officer of East Asia utilities Corp.
Ng is president of the Philippine Retailers’ Association in Cebu, as well as executive vice president of Ng Khai Development Corp. and general manager of Premium Concepts International, Inc.