Operations Chief: Tried and Tested

The CIAC Board of Directors has named Irish Calaguas as the agency’s new Vice-President for Operations.

During its 5th Regular Board Meeting at CIAC on June 29, 2020, the Board approved Resolution No. RM-05-05, Series of 2020 appointing Calaguas as Vice-President for Operations.

Calaguas, more popularly known as IC, was one of the pioneer editorial staff of Sun.Star Clark, now Sun.Star Pampanga, the first local community daily newspaper in Central Luzon established in 1995.

Calaguas was hired by Sun.Star Clark, headed by veteran newsmen Jose L. Pavia and Fyodor Fabian, immediately after graduating from high school, where she finished as class valedictorian.

She was then Pampanga’s youngest reporter at 17, handling the paper’s sports section. At 18, she was chosen the pioneer president of Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) Pampanga Press Corps.

She was then Pampanga’s youngest reporter at 17, handling the paper’s sports section. At 18, she was chosen the pioneer president of Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) Pampanga Press Corps.

She also later became a deskman of Sun.Star Subic and Sun.Star Mabuhay in Bulacan and had a brief stint with the daily newspaper Malaya as Central Luzon correspondent.

At 21, she joined the government service and was appointed executive assistant of three-term Angeles City Mayor Carmelo F. Lazatin.

As Executive Assistant, she was responsible for the implementation of the full computerization of all the revenue generating offices of the Angeles City Government. The computerization project was later certified ISO 9001:2003 by Certification International Philippines, making Angeles City the first ISO-certified Local Government Unit outside Metro Manila in 2002.

Aside from being executive assistant, Calaguas was also the concurrent chief of the Angeles City Disaster Management Office; the Trade and Investment Office; the Quality Management System Office; the City Information Office; the Information Communication Technology Division; the City Nutrition Office; and, the Mayor’s Office Desk at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center.
It was during her stint as City Nutrition Action Officer that Angeles City ranked second as having the Best Nutrition Program in Central Luzon.

As head of the Trade and Investment Promotions Office, she successfully headed trade missions and sisterhood agreements with the cities of Bacolod, Cebu and Hampyeong, South Korea.

She successfully organized and pioneered the city-wide Sisig Festival for four consecutive years, from 2003 to 2006, featuring the famous Kapampangan dish made from parts of a pig’s head. The success of the event earned for Angeles City the distinction of being the Sisig Capital of the Philippines.
In 2007, she joined the House of Representative as Chief of Staff of First District Representative Carmelo F. Lazatin.

In 2011, she organized the Kabahagi Ako sa Handog Silid Aralan tungo sa Kaunlaran Adopt-a-School Program, a district-wide project launched by Congressman Lazatin to address the backlog of 444 classrooms in public schools in Angeles City and Mabalacat and Magalang towns.

In 2013, after Lazatin’s retirement, Calaguas managed the Biotop Philippines Agriculture Co. Inc., a multi-million feed mill company owned by the Lazatin family in City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Calaguas has a degree in Political Science and Communications from New Era University. She also earned her Masters of Education from Philippine Women University and is now taking up Masters in Business Administration at New Era University.

She is also a holder of an open water diver license and has 68 hours private pilot flying time.

In September 19, 2017, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the Office of the President.
A year after, she held the position of Deputy Director General for Administration of PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino, who was also recently appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as President and Chief Executive Officer of CIAC. (CCO)