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Bzzzzz: Luigi Quisumbing back in government as Tesda deputy chief

CEBU. Former Mandaue City mayor Luigi Quisumbing and the Tesda Central Office. (SunStar/Google Street View)

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Praise from Luigi Q.

Among those who praised publicly President Duterte's Sona 2020 after he spoke before Congress Monday, July 27, was Gabriel Luis Romualdez Quisumbing of Mandaue City.

Remember Luigi, Cebu Provincial Board member from 2007 to 2010, congressman of Cebu's sixth district from 2010 to 2016, and mayor of Mandaue City from 2016 to 2019? The same Quisumbing who lost to then 6th District congressman Jonas Cortes in his May 2019 reelection bid for city mayor in a bitterly fought contest, highlighted by his grandfather, business tycoon Norberto Quisumbing, supporting Luigi's rival Jonas.

Since the loss, Luigi had disappeared from the scene in Cebu only to resurface this week with a bang: the announcement of his appointment as deputy director-general of Tesda or Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority.

Which deputy office?

Tesda's organizational chart says the office has at least four deputy director-generals (ODDGs): one each for policies and plans, for TESD operations, for communities and local government unit services, and for partnerships and linkages.

Luigi didn't say which ODGG post he will fill. As a deputy director-general, he will be based most likely in Manila.

Enthusiastic

Before telling Cebuanos on his Facebook page, shortly after the President's State of the Nation Address, he said he was happy with "measured, clear, concrete and achievable directives issued by PRRD to guide the country as we embark upon the new normal."

Luigi said he was "enthusiastic" to do his "small part in rebuilding the nation." He said he was informed that Duterte appointed him Tesda's deputy director general. He cannot wait, he said, to serve under Director General (Isidro S.) Lapena and his team "to provide quality and world-class skill courses for the unemployed and others who lost their jobs during the pandemic."

In that 2019 race, Luigi's NPC slate was totally routed by Cortes's PDP-Laban group, with the mayor getting 101,641 votes of Luigi's 58,842 votes. The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, endorsed Luigi and his slate in a rally at the Mandaue Sports & Cultural Complex.

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