Chavez rises from the ranks as the new DOTr Undersecretary

8 March 2017




President Rodrigo R. Duterte has promoted Cesar B. Chavez, CES Eligible, from Assistant Secretary for Rail as the new Undersecretary for Rails and Toll Roads of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on February 28, 2017.

He will be replacing former DOTr Undersecretary Noel Kintanar who resigned on November 2016. This is Chavez’s 11th presidential appointment since former President Cory Aquino’s term.

He brings with him years of good governance for serving as the Youth Sector Representative of the House of Representatives from March 1994 to June 1995; Commissioner-at-Large of the National Youth Commission in the Office of the President from July 1995 to August 1998; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the same agency from August 1998 to February 2000; and Deputy Administrator of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) from December 2004 to August 2010. His fields of expertise include communication management, rail transit management, youth development management, and defense and security management.

Chavez graduated with degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Adamson University in 1989 and Master in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) in 2000. He is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Peace and Security Studies holder from the Bicol University in 2008.

Apart from his stint in the bureaucracy, Chavez is the current Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC)-DZRH Assistant Vice President for News and Public Affairs. He is also a multi-awarded broadcast journalist recognized by the NDCP and was recently awarded the “Best Public Affairs Program Host” at the 24th KBP Golden Dove Awards on May 2016.

He was conferred CES Eligibility on March 10, 2014 through CESB Resolution No. 1138. With his consistent outstanding performance as a public manager, he continues to be an inspiration not only to the members of the CES community, but also to the Filipino people.