23 October 2016

Pres. Duterte names Escolango as OIC SBMA administrator

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed lawyer Randy B. Escolango as officer-in-charge administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

In a memorandum order dated Oct. 19, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Escolango’s appointment was “in the exigency of service and to ensure uninterrupted delivery of public service.”

Atty. Randy B. Escolango

Escolango was the SBMA Deputy Administrator for Legal Affairs prior to his appointment as OIC Administrator.

Escolango replaced Roberto V. Garcia, chairman and administrator of SBMA for the last five years.

In a text message, Escolango said he was honored by the appointment and President Duterte’s confidence “and I will certainly do my best to live up to it.”

“In tandem with Chairman Martin DiƱo, we will build on what SBMA has accomplished under Chairman Bobby Garcia whose leadership has turned the agency in tiptop shape as records and statistics will show,” the newly-appointed administrator stressed.

A respected lawyer in Olongapo, Escolango holds a doctoral degree in public administration, a master’s degree in public management, a law degree from the Far Eastern University, and a bachelor’s degree from the New Era University.

Just recently, he successfully passed the Career Executive Service Written Exam (CSE-WE), a part of the CES eligibility examination process duly administered by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) for appointment to a “third level” position in the government.

Jake Escalona, an SBMA locator, and residents of Olongapo welcomed the appointment of Escolango.

"Local businessmen and traders who are confused as to who is the designated administrator, have been somewhat appeased with the designation of an OIC Administrator," Escalona said.

"At long last, somebody from Olongapo has been tapped to lead the SBMA. Not to forget that he is a career official with CESO qualifications and who already knows the intricacies in running the agency,” Dennis Legaspi, an Olongapo resident pointed out.

“We assure Administrator Escolango of our full support as he leads the agency to new heights,” Marcus Gonzales, an SBMA employee said.

He is married to Michelle Cortez-Escolango and is blessed with four children. (Jelly F. Musico, PNA)