MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed an engineer-turned-academic as the head of the newly-formed Philippine Space Agency.
Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. will lead the new agency as its director general according to the list of Duterte’s latest appointees released Tuesday. His nomination still needs the confirmation of the Commission on Appointments.
Prior to his appointment, Marciano served as acting director of the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute which focuses on space technology programs.
The Philippine Space Agency or PhilSA was formed last year by virtue of Republic Act No. 11363.
Under the said law, the PhilSA will be the central government agency in charge of all national issues and activities related to space science and technology applications.
The PhilSA is tasked to assist the country in the creation, development, and implementation of national and international space policies, among other directives.
Duterte also appointed retired military general Eduardo del Rosario as the new ad interim Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Prior to his appointment, Del Rosario was working as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
The new housing department was only formed last year through Republic Act No. 11201 and consolidates the HUDCC, and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
Under the law, the department will serve as the “primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlement and urban development.”
The President also renewed the appointment of businessman and The Manila Times chairman Dante Ang as his special envoy for international public relations.