Ex-govt lawyer named new Energy Regulatory Commission chief


PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte named a former government counsel as the new chief of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

In an appointment letter signed on November 22, Duterte appointed Agnes Vicenta Salayo Torres Devanadera for a term expiring on July 10, 2022. She will replace Jose Vicente B. Salazar who was relieved in August for insubordination.

Before the ERC, Devanadera was appointed by Duterte to head the Power Sector Assets & Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM) on December 13, 2016.

Then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Devanadera as the first woman solicitor general from March 2, 2007 to January 15, 2010.

Devanadera would later serve as justice secretary in 2007, replacing Raul Gonzalez. She would serve in an acting capacity from September 3 to November 15, 2007 and again from January 12 to March 8, 2010.

She campaigned for the extension of the term of then President Fidel Ramos in 1998.

On September 1, 2004, Devanadera was named government corporate counsel.

She served as executive director of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) from 1998 to 2000 and campaigned for the extension of the term of then president Fidel Ramos in 1998.

She was mayor of Sampaloc, Quezon from 1988 to 1998. JORDEENE SHEEX LAGARE




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