PRESIDENT Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III named former National Telecommunications Deputy Commissioner Jorge Sarmiento as the new President of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

In an interview at the Palace, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said Sarmiento will be joining Pagcor chairman Cristino Nuguit.

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Sarmiento, brother of elections Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, resigned from the NTC in April 2009 due to health reason and his desire to return to his private law practice.

Monetary board

Ochoa also announced the appointment of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima as government representative to the Monetary Board.

Pursima served as Finance Secretary from February 2005 to July 2005 after serving as Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry from 2004 to 2005.

He was the former Chairman and Managing Partner of Sycip, Gores and Velayo (SGV) and Company, and a former member of the Practice of Ernst and Young Global.

PPA, Marina and others

Aquino meanwhile administered the oath of office to lawyer Juan Sta. Ana, whom he named as General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority.

Sta. Ana, formerly of the FF Cruz and Company, had first worked in the PPA 21 years ago as a member of the legal department.

The President also swore in Emerson Lorenzo as the new administrator of Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

He also administered the oath of office to Toll Regulatory Board acting executive director Manuel Imperial; Civil Aeronautics Board acting executive director Carmello Arcilla; Bureau of Internal Revenue deputy commissioner for legal and inspection group Estela Sales; and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board of Director member Mabel Mamba.

Also appointed were Philippine Ports Authority assistant general managers Raul Santos and Tomas Carlo; Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar; Transportation and Communications undersecretaries Aristotle Batuhan, Glicerio Sicat and Dante Velasco; and Transportation and Communications assistant secretary Ildefonso Patdu Jr. (JMR/Sunnex)