Aquino appoints new NCCA chief

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The new political appointees will take over posts at the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Dangerous Drugs Board, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission

MANILA, Philippines – The Palace announced a new batch of appointees on Sunday, January 22, including the new heads of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board.

The office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. named Dr. Emelita Almosara as the new executive director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, replacing replacing Malou Jacob who was removed from the post she had served since March 2010 because she was not a career service professional.

Almosara had served as National Historical Institute’s deputy executive director.

President Aquino also appointed retired Rear Admiral Jorge Necesito as acting executive director of the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Necesito was the former executive director of the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom).

The following were also announced as new members of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) board.

  • Delfa Talaid, representing artisinal fisherfolk
  • Norisa Sabirin, children
  • Daniel Ang, cooperatives
  • Ponyong Kadlos, indigenous cultural communities/peoples
  • Emerlito Rojas,  persons with disabilities
  • Gloria Madayag, workers in the informal sector.
  • Maria Cagay, representing victims of disasters and calamities
  • Marilou Tapia, farmers and landless rural workers
  • Marlon Manuel, the urban poor
  • Teresa Fernandez, women
  • Gibby Gorres,  youth and students


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