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The National Security Council has welcomed the appointment by the President of former DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya as the new Assistant Director General of the agency.

National Security Adviser Eduardo M. Año said that they received Malaya’s appointment from Malacanang on Tuesday, March 7. “We welcome his appointment to the National Security Council. I worked closely with him in the DILG for five years.

His 25-year experience in the public service as well as his proven dedication and commitment to the national interest will serve this agency and the country well,” he said.

Prior to his appointment to the NSC, Malaya was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) where he taught courses in public accountability, ethics in the public service, metropolitan and regional governance, and public policy.

He was also the Executive Director of the Local Government Development Institute, a think tank and training institute promoting excellence in local governments.

Malaya has served in nine government agencies in his 25 years in public service. He has held senior positions in some of the most sensitive and critical government agencies. In addition to his posting in the DILG, he previously served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of the President, Department of Education, and Office of the Solicitor General.

He also had stints in the Supreme Court, Senate, House of Representatives and in the Pasay City Government.

During the pandemic, he was one of the Spokespersons of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IAF-EMID) and chair of the Sub Task Group on Risk Communications of the NTF COVID-19.

Together with veteran reporter Jay Ruiz, he hosted Kwentuhang Lokal, a radio program that was one of the government’s main communication mediums during the lockdown. (VICTOR BALDEMOR RUIZ)


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