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Duterte names new privacy commissioner



President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted a ranking official at the National Privacy Commission (NPC) as the agency’s new commissioner, Malacañang announced Friday.
John Henry Du Naga, who held the No. 2 post, was designated as privacy commissioner with a three-year term, said Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles.
“We wish Mr. Naga success as we are confident that his years of professional experience in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the NPC will contribute to our goal of a competitive, knowledge-based and innovative nation where the flow of information remains free while upholding people’s right to privacy and data protection,” Nograles said through a statement.
Prior to Naga’s appointment to the NPC, he served at the DICT from September 2016 to December 2019 as assistant secretary, undersecretary, and chief-of-staff of then-Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio.
He also led a DICT cluster which was tasked to implement the National Broadband Plan, the National Government Portal, the Philippine Identification System, among others.
During his stint at the department, Naga was also part of the technical working groups for the entry of the DITO telecommunications company in the market and the common tower policy.
He also led the group which was instrumental in securing the landing party agreement between the Bases Conversion Development Authority and Facebook which gave the Philippines a two-terabyte internet capacity.
Naga was also appointed in June 2018 as DICT undersecretary for management and operations, making him responsible for the overall internal management of the department.
Early in his career, he served as an associate lawyer of the Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila law firm and was provincial board member of Masbate.
Naga is a graduate of San Beda College of Law, the alma mater of President Duterte.