Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla (2nd right) led the launching of the pilot demonstration on the use of 4% esterified waste vegetable oil as alternative transport fuel in partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation, SeaOil and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also in photo (from right) are PCIERD division chief Engr. Albert G.Marino; Rolf Anderson, chief of USAID's Office of Environment Energy and Climate Change; Jollibee Foods Corporation VP John Victor Tence; and Seaoil Philippines president and CEO Francis Glenn Yu. Inset photo shows Sec. Petilla shaking hands with Mr. Anderson after his speech on Tuesday (March 5, 2013) at the Seda Hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (MNS photo)

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla (2nd right) led the launching of the pilot demonstration on the use of 4% esterified waste vegetable oil as alternative transport fuel in partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation, SeaOil and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also in photo (from right) are PCIERD division chief Engr. Albert G.Marino; Rolf Anderson, chief of USAID’s Office of Environment Energy and Climate Change; Jollibee Foods Corporation VP John Victor Tence; and Seaoil Philippines president and CEO Francis Glenn Yu. Inset photo shows Sec. Petilla shaking hands with Mr. Anderson after his speech on Tuesday (March 5, 2013) at the Seda Hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) — Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has formally turned over his post to Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada who is now Department of Energy chief in acting capacity.

Monsada’s appointment papers came out yesterday signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

In his turnover speech, Petilla asked DOE employees to continue supporting Monsada in carrying out DOE’s programs.

He said he recommended Monsada as OIC and not any more appoint someone permanent since the new secretary will only serve in less than a year before the new administration takes over.

Monsada, a career official who has been with the DOE for 30 years, said she never thought the day would come when she will become DOE secretary even in an acting capacity. (MNS)