Palace names DOE Usec as NPC OIC
President Rodrigo R. Duterte approves the designation of Donato D. Marcos, Undersecretary of the Department of Energy as Officer-in-Charge of the National Power Corporation (NPC) to which he will serve in a concurrent position.
Marcos is replacing Atty. Melchor P. Ridulme, Vice President for Legal Affairs who was previously designated as OIC following the early demise of the corporation’s President and CEO, Pio J. Benavidez.
Acting on the letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to the Finance Secretary, the National Power Board on Wednesday afternoon (August 18) held a special meeting to formally welcome Marcos to NPC.
As Napocor OIC, 'Doneng' Marcos was given the authority to oversee the day-to-day activities of the corporation, and execute its plans, programs and policies approved by the Board and those authorized as well by existing laws, rules and regulations; to represent NPC in all dealings and transactions with offices and agencies of the government and with other entities, subject to Board confirmation and applicable provisions under the corporation’s manual of approvals; and to act on all personnel movements and promotional appointments subject to existing Civil Service Commission guidelines.
Marcos has held the position of DOE Undersecretary since 2014, being responsible for an array of portfolios which include energy efficiency and conservation, alternative fuels, energy resource development (coal, oil and gas), downstream oil industry management and nuclear energy program, among others.
Although he retains his present position as Undersecretary, Marcos said that he has sought permission from Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi to relinquish some of his functions in order to allot more time and energy in leading NPC.
“Apart from ensuring smooth operations and prudence in the use of its resources, we would also like to focus on impactful projects that will benefit stakeholders especially the poor and some of the minority groups that NPC affects,” Marcos said.
He also emphasized that since the DOE under the helm of Secretary Cusi and NPC has a common goal of realizing the Duterte administration’s total electrification program, one of his priorities would be the seamless implementation of programs from policy, regulation until actual implementation.
Marcos has also expressed his enthusiasm in empowering NPC employees and personnel nationwide as he believes that every single one of them contributes to the attainment of corporate goals.
He also intends to bring into fore as OIC, his experiences and trainings in hydropower technology in Slovenia, Czech Republic and Prague, renewable energy from Germany, and in nuclear energy technology from various parts of the world.
Prior to his stint at the DOE, Marcos was President Emeritus and National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. He was also Municipal Vice-Mayor of Paombong town in Bulacan from July 1, 2004 to March 21, 2005 and eventually became the Municipal Mayor thereafter following the demise of the incumbent mayor. He was mayor until June 30, 2013.
He has a degree in Mining Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology and finished his master’s degree in public administration from Manuel L. Quezon University. He is married to Maryann P. Marcos and together, they have three children.