PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles as his next Cabinet Secretary, Malacañang said yesterday.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told a news conference that Nograles will be taking his oath on Monday, replacing Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. who resigned last month to run for governor of Bohol province.
The Palace official said Nograles has the “trust and confidence” of the President.
Nograles once entertained the idea of seeking a Senate seat but in a statement on October 3 the Davao City first district representative said he would instead support Mindanaoan candidates “who share my desire to bring development to the regions and uplift the welfare of our kapwa probinsyanos.”
Now on his third and last term as congressman, Nograles’ seat in the House of Representatives is being eyed by presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
House hails Nograles.
The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, yesterday congratulated Nograles on his appointment as Cabinet Secretary.
In a short statement, Arroyo expressed confidence that Nograles will fulfill his duty well and will be a good asset to President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
“My congratulations to the new Cabinet Secretary, Karlo Nograles. I am sure he will do very well in his new position, and that he will be a valuable member of the President’s team. I wish him all the best,” Arroyo said.
The House of Representatives will name Nograles’ replacement as Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations when session resumes next week.
The solon expressed gratitude to Duterte for the opportunity to serve in the President’s Cabinet, saying that he hoped to be able to aid efforts to push the Administration’s development agenda.
“I thank President Duterte for welcoming me to his Cabinet. As a fellow Mindanaoan and kapwa probinsyano, I hope to contribute to government efforts to bring development to the regions through different programs that place an emphasis on providing more economic opportunities outside Metro Manila,” he said.
This will be his first position in the Executive, and is hoping that his experience as Chairperson of the House appropriations committee would provide him with the kind of “holistic perspective” needed in his new post.
“As Appropriations Chair, one has to be familiar with the financial resources of the government’s different agencies, as well as have a general idea of their main trusts and major programs,” Nograles said.
“This is knowledge and experience I believe I can put to good use in my new position. And with the guidance and input of the senior officials in the Cabinet, like Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, I hope to hit the ground running and do whatever I can to help the President,” he added.
As Cabinet Secretary, Nograles will head the Cabinet Secretariat, which under Executive Order (EO) No. 67 is tasked to assist the President “in the establishment of agenda topics for Cabinet deliberation” and “facilitate the discussion of cabinet meetings.”
EO 67 also states that the Cabinet Secretariat “shall serve as the head secretariat of the different Cabinet Cluster secretariats” and shall “participate in the National Economic and Development Authority Board and committee meetings.”