A Negrense is poised to be the next president and general manager of the Government Service Insurance System.
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Bureau of Internal Revenue deputy commissioner Jesus Clint Aranas as a member of the board of trustees of the GSIS, Malacañang announced yesterday.
Aranas told the DAILY STAR Duterte appointed him to the board so that he could assume the posts of GSIS president and general manager.
The GSIS board members are scheduled to meet in December to go through the formality of electing Aranas as head of the insurance system.
Aranas said that as GSIS board member, he will remain with the BIR in a concurrent capacity.
However, when he assumes the post of GSIS president and general manager, he will have to give up his job at the BIR, Aranas added.
He said his first order of business is to find out the state of the GSIS so he can come up with a plan of action on how to further streamline GSIS services.
His appointment papers were signed by Duterte on November 7 and released by Malacañang to the media yesterday.
It said Aranas is taking the place of Francisco Duque III whom Duterte recently appointed as health secretary.
Aranas will serve Duque's term, set to expire on June 30, 2018.
He is the son of former Negros del Norte Vice Governor Pacifico Aranas of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, and Felomina Ocdinaria Aranas of Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
He was managing partner of Aranas Law, a tax law firm, before he was appointed by Duterte to the BIR in July last year.
Aranas studied at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Business Administration, from the Philippine School of Business Administration, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Silliman University in Dumaguete City.
Meanwhile, Duterte has also appointed former Custom's Import Assessment Services Director Milo Maestrecampo to the Department of Transportation.
Maestrecampo of Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was appointed as Assistant Director General II of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
Maestrecampo, a former Army captain, who was among those who led a failed 2003 mutiny against former president Gloria Arroyo, was named by customs broker Mark Taguba at a congressional inquiry on the 600-kilogram shabu shipment from China, among the BOC officials allegedly receiving grease money.
He denied the allegations and resigned from the BOC in August.*CPG
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