Aquino appoints Acosta presidential adviser for environmental protection

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed former Rep. Juan Romeo Nereus “Neric” Acosta of Bukidnon province as presidential adviser for environmental protection.

Acosta, a member of the Liberal Party, took his oath of office as presidential adviser for environmental protection before President Aquino in Malacanan Palace on Wednesday.

Acosta, who served as representative for the first district of Bukidnon, is the principal author of the Clean Air Act. He also sponsored major environmental legislation on clean water, solid waste management and biodiversity protection.

He also served as the House of Representative’s chairman of the Committee on Ecology and vice chairman of the Committees on Science and Technology, Human Rights, and Foreign Relations.

Acosta ran but lost in senatorial race in May 2010 national elections. (End)

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