Cesar Chavez named presidential assistant for strategic communications

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

December 6, 2023, 6:57 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has appointed Cesar Chavez as presidential assistant for strategic communications, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.

Chavez will serve under the Office of the President, holding the rank of undersecretary, based on the list of new presidential appointees posted on the Presidential Communications Office’s official Facebook page.

Chavez worked as Department of Transportation (DOTr) undersecretary for railways and deputy administrator of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).

He also became a member of the Board of Directors of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

Chavez served as a news anchor and station manager of DZRH and chief of staff of former Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Meanwhile, Marcos also named new appointees to the DOTr and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The President designated Jeremy Regino as DOTR undersecretary.

Regino served as general manager of the Philippine National Railways and LRTA administrator.

He was also the chief of staff of former Caloocan City mayor Oscar Malapitan, the LRTA, the Philippine Tourism Authority, and former Pangasinan governors Oscar Orbos and Rafael Colet.

Marcos likewise tapped Mary Jean Pacheco and Michel Kristian Ablan as DTI undersecretary and assistant secretary, respectively.

Before her promotion, Pacheco served as DTI assistant secretary for Digital Philippines and officer in charge of the department’s Consumer Protection Group.

Ablan, on the other hand, worked as the Department of Education undersecretary for administration.

He also worked at the then-Presidential Communications and Operations Office under the Duterte administration as assistant secretary for policy, legislative affairs, and freedom of information (FOI) and, undersecretary for administration, finance, and FOI. (PNA)