Saturday, October 31, 2015

Aquino appoints new BCDA chair, directors

From the Manila Times (Oct 30): Aquino appoints new BCDA chair, directors

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has a new board chairperson and three board directors, it was announced on Friday.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed Ma. Aurora Geotina-Garcia as BCDA Board Chairperson, replacing former Chairperson Rolando Gosiengfiao, who passed away in January.

Chairperson Garcia has been a BCDA Board Director since 2011. She is currently the President of Mageo Consulting Inc., a corporate finance and professional service company providing financial advisory service. She was also head of the Corporate Finance Practice of auditing firm SGV & Co., where she advised clients from government and the business sector for over 27 years on corporate finance.

She is also Chairperson of the Women’s Business Council Philippines, Inc.; a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors; and a member of various professional organizations, including the Management Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The President also appointed as new BCDA directors former Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio P Catapang, Jr., Joseph Emile P. Juico, and  lawyer Gerard R. Seno.

Before being appointed as BCDA Board Director, retired General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, Jr. was the AFP Chief of Staff until he retired last July.

Juico, meanwhile, was Assistant Secretary under the Office of the Executive Secretary. He is currently the lead coordinator for Local Government Units at the Office of the Director General for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015. He also served as Quezon City Councilor for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013.

Seno is currently the National Executive Vice President of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU). He is co-convenor of Nagkaisa, a broad coalition of labor centers, national federations, industry unions in private and public sector, informal sector, and organizations aimed to promote trade union unity, decent work, and security of tenure.

He is not new to the BCDA as he served as a BCDA Board Director for nine years from 2001 to 2010.

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, who also serves as BCDA Vice Chairperson of the Board, highlighted the fact that Chairperson Garcia is the first woman chairperson of the BCDA Board.

“We welcome the appointments of Chairperson Garcia, as we underscore the value of women’s participation in BCDA governance,” said Casanova.  “We also welcome board directors Gen. Pio P Catapang, Jr., Joseph Emile P. Juico, and Gerard R. Seno. We look forward to working with them in pursuit of national development. Their wealth of experience in various industries and sectors will contribute much in realizing BCDA’s vision, mission, mandate, and goals.”

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