MANILA – Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Tuesday announced the nomination of Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“The President has nominated Ms. Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga as Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources. Her nomination will still be subject to the fulfilment of the required documents,” Angeles said.
Yulo-Loyzaga was chairperson of the International Advisory Board of the Manila Observatory where she advocated for more scientific research on climate and disaster resilience.
She was also the Manila Observatory’s executive director and technical adviser of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation.
Yulo-Loyzaga is also on the Senior Advisory Board of the AFP’s Command and General Staff College.
On Monday, Angeles said Atty. Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla has been nominated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the secretary of the Department of Energy “pending the clarification of his employment status.”
Lotilla is currently an independent director of Aboitiz Power and the power firm ENEXOR.
Angeles said Section 8 of Republic Act 7638 or the Act Creating the Department of Energy provides that “No officer, external auditor, accountant or legal counsel of any private company or enterprise primarily engaged in the energy industry shall be eliglble for appointment as Secretary within two (2) years from his retirement, resignation or separation therefrom.”
“Thus while the matter is reviewed to determine whether an independent director is considered an officer of the company, Lotilla is considered a nominee,” Angeles said.
Lotilla was Energy Secretary under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2005-2007. He was also Deputy Director General of the National Economic Development Authority.
Lotilla was also President of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation or PSALM, the government corporation tasked to manage the privatization of power generation assets, independent power producers contracts and other non-power assets, including the management of financial obligations and stranded contract costs of the state-owned National Power Corporation. (OPS)