PBA chair is new Bureau of Customs chief

Posted at 07/06/10 5:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang confirmed on Tuesday that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Lito Alvarez is the new commissioner of the Bureau of Customs.

Alvarez was strongly recommended by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

Purisima met with President Benigno Aquino on Monday night and discussed "concerns about the absence of a Customs head."

Alvarez also has about 20 years of experience with the Lina group, working as a top executive in the companies owned by Bert and Sylvia Lina.

Meanwhile, no announcement has been made on appointments to key government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Aquino met with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to discuss this issue.

Aquino wants to immediately name a replacement for GSIS officials in light of complaints raised during the election campaign by retired teachers whose pensions were delayed. - With a report from ANC