ERC CHAIRPERSON DEVANADERA OFFICIALLY ASSUMES OFFICE
Officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) formally handed over the reins of the agency to the newly installed Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera, in a turnover ceremony held at the ERC Head Office in Ortigas, Pasig City.
ERC Commissioners Alfredo J. Non, Gloria Victoria C. Yap-Taruc, Josefina Patricia M. Asirit, and Geronimo D. Sta. Ana, with the entire ERC staff, expressed optimism as they welcomed Chairperson Devanadera on her official assumption of office on 04 December 2017.
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi was also present to witness the ceremonial handover of the gavel to the new Chairperson.
“With all the qualifications, experience and wisdom that she has earned… we can expect a more energized ERC,” Secretary Cusi said.
Also present to witness the event are representatives from the Grid Management Committee (GMC) led by Chairman Arthur T. Evangelista and Executive Director Tomas B. Vivero, and members of the family of the new ERC Chairperson.
In her keynote address, ERC Chair Devanadera underscored the importance of safeguarding office synergy to help ERC move forward in a faster and more effective manner.
“Let us work together, let us work as a team,” Atty. Devanadera said.
Chairperson Devanadera encouraged ERC personnel to adhere to the values of work efficiency, effectiveness and technical or professional competence.
“We must not lose sight of the most basic principle of public service: we must put people first,” Chairperson Devanadera said.
With an extensive career as a public servant, Atty. Devanadera is known as a firm advocate for public interest serving as the country’s Government Corporate Counsel, Solicitor General and ultimately as the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary. She was instrumental in ushering various reforms in the government, including the recovery of ill-gotten wealth from the Marcoses, re-privatization of water utilities, and the prosecution of key personalities involved in the Maguindanao Massacre.
Prior to these, Atty. Devanadera also served as the Mayor of her hometown in Sampaloc, Quezon, National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and Undersecretary of Interior and Local Government.
Date Published: 12/11/2017