PNoy names 4 airport reps

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Monday, September 20, 2010

FOUR Cebuanos were appointed as new members of the Mactan airport board by President Benigno Aquino III, who 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.

Joining the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) board, representing the private sector, are Engr. Pericles Dakay, Francis Monera, Melanie Ng and Roger Lim.

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Except for Lim, who is presently abroad, Dakay, Monera and Ng will take their oath of office before Transportation and Communication Secretary Jose de Jesus at 2 p.m. today, 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 yesterday.


The governor did not want to confirm at first her endorsement of the four business executives, because she did not want to preempt the oath-taking.

But with Monera and Dakay confirming they will take their oaths of office today, the governor confirmed she endorsed them to the MCIAA board.

The four will replace Valeriano Avila, Renato Osmeña, 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.

In a text message, he 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.

In an interview, Dakay said he has to study how the entire MCIAA system works before making any recommendations 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 currently president of Cebu Holdings Inc. and Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. Lim is the general manager of Cebu Private Power Corp. and president/CEO 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 20, 2010.

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