CDC welcomes it 1st female president

NEW CDC PRESIDENT TAKES OATH.  Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera (left) officially took her oath as the new president and chief executive officer of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), today, September 9, 2022. She was sworn in by CDC Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan (2nd from right). CDC Vice Chairman Benjamin Defensor ,Jr. (rightmost) and other members of the CDC Board of Directors were also present to witness the oath taking ceremony. (CDC-Photo)

CLARK FREEPORT – Clark Development Corporation (CDC) welcomed Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera as its first female president and the 14th top executive to head the state-owned corporation.

During the CDC Board organizational meeting held on Friday, September 9, 2022, Devanadera took her oath before CDC Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan. Other members of the CDC Board and executive officials were also present to witness the oath taking rites.

Devandera succeeded PBGen. Manuel R. Gaerlan following the issuance of her appointment papers from Malacañang dated Sept. 1, 2022.  The new CDC president will also concurrently serve as a member of the CDC Board of Directors.

Devanadera has extensive public service experience. She was the country’s 41st Solicitor General (2007 to 2010), and the former Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) from November 2017 to July 2022. 

Before these, Devanadera also held various positions in the government having served as the Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ); Undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from 2003 to 2004; Government Corporate Counsel in 2004; president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in 1997; and Mayor of her home town in Sampaloc, Quezon from 1988 to 1998.

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF CDC. The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Board of Directors led by Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan (4th from right) warmly welcomed the newly appointed CDC president and CEO Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera (5th from right). Also present  to welcome her are (from left to right) CDC Director Jon Castro, Director Luisito Clavano, Vice Chairman Benjamin Defensor, Jr., Director Ana Liza Peralta, Director Ernesto De Vota, Director Arturo Ortiz, and Director Felimon Santos, Jr. (CDC-CD Photo)

Meanwhile, outgoing president and CEO Gaerlan expressed optimism as Devanadera assumed the presidency.  

“The incoming president and CEO has a very vast and wide experience in public service being a former secretary of justice, former mayor, former chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and a lawyer of course. She’s a very qualified and highly competent government official,” he said.

Gaerlan also thanked the employees, stakeholders, and locators in the Freeport who supported him during his term in CDC.

“I wish to thank all those who have extended assistance to me and my family during my incumbency. I would not have accomplished my tasks without your support. My special appreciation to the CDC Board of Directors and employees, my counterparts in the BCDA and other government agencies, the local government officials of Pampanga, Tarlac, Angeles City, Mabalacat City, Porac, Bamban and Capas, the Clark locators and investors, and the good Lord for always guiding me in my work and decisions. I hope to have served the Clark community well.  To God be the glory,” he said.