Marcos Jr picks former PAL exec Bautista as transport chief

By Billy Begas

The camp of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday announced that veteran airline executive Jaime Bautista has been selected to head the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Bautista, a certified public accountant, worked at the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for 25 years and served as company president for a combined 13 years before retiring in 2019.

Marcos also named former Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Deputy Administrator Cesar Chavez as Undersecretary-designate for Rails of the DOTr.

Chavez was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the same post in 2017. He was instrumental in securing the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board’s approval for the Metro Manila Subway, Philippine National Railway (PNR) Manila to Calamba, PNR Manila to Bicol, and the Tagum-Davao-Digos Mindanao rail projects.

Chavez is also credited for overseeing the interconnection of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 in Monumento to Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 in North EDSA.

Meanwhile, former journalist Atty. Cheloy Garafil was selected by Marcos to head the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Garafil is currently a Service Director at the Committee on Rules of the House of Representatives. She was a former prosecutor under the Department of Justice (DOJ) and State Solicitor for the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

Marcos also nominated Christopher “Chet” Pastrana to head the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Pastrana is currently the President and CEO of CAPP Industries, a supply and logistics conglomerate. He is also the chairman of Archipelago Philippines Ferries Corp. (APFC), which operates FasCat ferries.

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