Petilla turns over DOE post to OIC Monsada

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Secretary Jericho Petilla (right) turns over his post to Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada in the presence of Undersecretaries Raul Aguilos (left) and Donato Marcos.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla formally turned over on Friday (July 3)  his post to Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada, whom Malacañan appointed a day before as office-in-charge of the Department of Energy.

Petilla submitted his resignation to President Benigno Aquino III last April, shortly after he announced that he planned to run for a legislative position.  But he extended his stay until the president could decide on his replacement.

Meanwhile, he recommended Monsada, who's the director of the Oil Industry Management Bureau of the DOE, as officer-in-charge.

Monsada has been a familiar figure on radio and television, being DOE spokesperson on oil, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and alternative fuels discussing issues such fuel quality, refining, marketing processes, supply and demand, pricing, taxation, incentives, subsidies, and fair trade.

She has a brief resume posted on the website of the Philippine Mining Development Corp., where she is on the board of directors.

She's a licensed chemist, with a BS in Chemistry from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and an MS in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

She took special studies in Management of Petroleum Operation at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in Stavanger, Norway, and the Petroleum Management Program at the Arthur D. Little School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

In 2011, she was named Outstanding Alumni for Public  Service by the University of San Carlos.

She led the setting up of the national petroleum testing facility at the DOE and is now starting the set up of a mobile monitoring and testing facility.