A VETERAN information technology (IT) executive was appointed commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Augusto Lagman, a vocal critic of the election modernization project, was reportedly appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to help the Comelec improve its performance in the conduct of automated polls.
Lagman took the post vacated by retired Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer.
His term ends in February 2018.
Considered as one of the country’s leading IT innovators, he served as president of the Philippine Computer Society as well as the Information Technology Association of the Philippines for several terms.
Aside from being a co-founder and a director of computer school STI, Lagman also became chairman and CEO of several computer software companies.
Earlier this month, President Aquino appointed Christian Robert Lim to replace Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, who retired in February this year.
Lim, who became part of the campaign team of the then-Sen Aquino, and defeated candidate for vice president Manuel Roxas 2nd, will serve as Comelec commissioner also until February 2018.
Malacanang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte also on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lagman.
“We are confident that he [Lagman] can discharge the duties of his office as capably and competently as he had in the past,” Valte told a Palace press briefing.
She said the President chose Lagman, 71, because of his “competence.”
“Given the issues that faced the commission in the past elections, he [Mr. Aquino] would want to have an IT expert as part of the commission,” Valte added.
Lagman is currently the chairman of Vinta Systems Inc., the developer of AI-oriented software products.
He is the director of the STI College Recto and Biometrix Technologies Inc.
Lagman, the president of the Automobile Association Philippines and the lead convenor of Trans¬parentElections.org.ph, is also a member of a steering committee of Coalition Against Corruption.
He was last year’s IT Journalists Association of the Philippines, or CyberPress, IT Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his contribution to the development of the local IT industry.
ROMMEL C. LONTAYAO AND CRIS G. ODRONIA