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Calderón Appointments

Olanda Zayas Appointed As Family Secretary

By Proviana Colon Diaz

December 19, 2000
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SAN JUAN — 12/19/00 - Gov-elect Sila Calderon on Tuesday appointed social worker Yolanda Zayas Santana as Family Secretary, and CPA Maria del Llano Sobrino to the newly created post of General Auditor in that department.

Del Llano's main task will be to make sure child support payments are received and distributed on time to recipients.

Describing the Family and Children Administration as the agency responsible for fighting and eradicating child abuse, which currently produces some 22,000 cases annually on the island, Calderon appointed Prof. Victor Ivan Garcia Toro as its head.

Garcia Toro inherits an agency which administers the funds from the federal Nutritional Assistance Program (PAN for its Spanish acronym). Federal officials have said the agency must ensure that 75% of the money allocated for PAN is spent on food by April 2001.

Meanwhile, Inter American University Legal Assistance Clinic Director Aleida Varona Mendez was appointed to head the Child Support Administration, known as Asume by its Spanish acronym.

Also appointed Tuesday was CPA Orlando Gonzalez to head the Family Socio Economic Development Administration.


Calderon Appoints Rodriguez And Noriega To Posts

December 18, 2000
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SAN JUAN (AP) Gov.-elect Sila Calderon on Monday appointed Anabelle Rodriguez as Justice secretary, David Noriega to preside her "blue ribbon" committee to review Rossello administration privatization transactions, Hiram Sanchez as her Attorney General and Roberto Jose Sanchez Ramos as Solicitor General.

Rodriguez was Solicitor General under the administration of former Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon. She was nominated for seat in the federal court but her appointment was scuttled by the New Progressive Party (NPP).

The panel is comprised by four members also designated Monday by Calderon. They include former Commonwealth Comptroller Ileana Colon Carlo, former Superior Court Judge Carmen Rita Velez Borras, former Puerto Rico Telephone Co. President Pedro Galarza and lawyer Pedro Lopez Oliver.

Calderon also appointed Judge Hiram Sanchez as next Puerto Rico Attorney General and Roberto Jose Sanchez Ramos as Solicitor General.


Calderon Appoints Rivera As Labor Secretary

By Proviana Colon Diaz

December 16, 2000
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SAN JAUN — 12/16/00 - Gov-elect Sila Calderon on Friday appointed attorney Victor Rivera as Secretary of Labor and Human Resources.

A former graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Law School, Rivera, 33, worked as legal adviser for the municipality of San Juan and is currently one of Calderon's executive aides.

"We will substitute the times of confrontation and adversarial attitudes with dialogue, conversation, respect for the people who think like us, and for those who don't think like us," Rivera said.


Calderon Makes First Two Cabinet Appointments

By Proviana Colon Diaz

December 14, 2000
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Gov.-elect Sila Calderon on Thursday made the first two appointments to her Cabinet.

Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary General Ferdinand Mercado was appointed as Secretary of State, while PDP Electoral Commissioner Cesar Miranda was named as La Fortaleza Chief-of-Staff.

For his part, Mercado said he was very honored by Calderon's appointment in the "historic administration of the first woman governor of Puerto Rico."

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