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Duterte’s ex-chief-of-staff appointed MinDA OIC

May 25, 2019 - Saturday 10:05 AM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- A former chief of staff of President Rodrigo Duterte when the latter was still Davao City mayor was designated Officer in-Charge (OIC) of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) succeeding the late Secretary and Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto who passed away on May 9.

Lawyer Nathaniel D. Dalumpines’ appointment was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on May 20, 2019 upon the instruction of President Duterte.

Apart from his designation as MinDA OIC Secretary, Dalumpines’ present duties and functions as Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Concerns under the Office of the President still remain.

Dalumpines served as administrative manager of the Desiderio Dalisay Group of Companies in Davao City in the 70s and 80s before migrating to the US where he worked with a Philippine newspaper in Los Angeles and San Francisco as a feature editor. He later became a bureau chief of Philippine News in Los Angeles.

In 1985, he was elected charter president of Davao residents in Los Angeles before returning to his home city in 2001.

An avid sportsman, Dalumpines was appointed by Duterte as sports consultant for Davao City in 2001.

He later became a member of the legal task force of Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA).

He is also an active member of the Davao Region Federal Group which is a platform of federal groups to discuss, review, and contextualize issues relating to federalism.

As OCI Secretary of MinDA, Dalumpines will ensure the continuous and effective delivery of public service and pursue the socioeconomic mandate of MinDA.

He will also serve as the Philippine signing Minister for the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) for which MinDA acts as the Philippine Coordinating Office.