Matatags Who Are Still In Government Service
by Cicero Castellano


Newly designated Ambassador to Myanmar, Red Kapunan was selected as best choice from among a number of candidates. To know who Red Kapunan really is, it is useful to look back to the period from optional retirement up to his latest stint in the government. Where he is now is backed up by over 28 years of successful management and leadership experience with a reputation of getting things done in the face of very challenging goals, objectives and environment. He effectively applies his experience in organizational development to attain the high performance standards in the face of adversities. A case in point is when he turned around a virtually dead banking institution into a profitable, proactive and socially responsible financial institution. As President and Chairman of Progressive Bank, Inc. he led the bank to higher levels of profitability by focusing attention to Micro Finance, the government’s flagship pro-poor program. Looking at his resume, one may conclude that his experience in the military prepared him well for whatever endeavor he will be involved in, be it in the government or outside.

Ambassador Kapunan was once a consultant to the National Unification Commission (NUC) during which time security measures in the conduct of exploratory meetings with the MILF and MNLF were developed and implemented. From 1993-1995 he was the Chief Operations Officer of the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice. At about this time he served as Consultant, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (International Operations) tasked to plan, organize and implement a device or plan that would regularly inventory Filipino overseas workers in the Middle East. Prior to his posting as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs as Director of Intelligence and Security Service, he served as Consultant, Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP) which prepared the peace agreement between the GRP and the largest breakaway group of the CPP, NPA.

Between 2007 and 2008, he briefly served as DOTC Assistant Secretary for Iloilo and Bacolod-Silay Airport. On July 2008, he was promoted to Deputy General, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Of late, he was appointed as Ambassador to Myanmar. Asked how he regards his new designation, he will probably answer, it is live, it is active, it is RED.

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Secretary Gregorio Honasan
Senator Panfilo Lacson
Police General(ret) Ricardo de Leon
Police General(ret) Reynaldo Velasco
Colonel(ret) Melchior Acosta


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