PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed lawyer Randy B. Escolango as Deputy Commissioner of the Insurance Commission, Department of Finance.
Duterte signed Escolango’s appointment on August 23 but released the information, along with other presidential appointees, only on Tuesday, August 29.
“I am overwhelmed by the trust and confidence of President Duterte,” said Escolango, former officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), “something I can only reciprocate with sincere, honest to goodness service that will benefit our country.”
The Insurance Commission is an important government body under the Department of Finance, mandated to regulate and supervise the insurance, pre-need, and HMO industries in accordance with the provisions of the Insurance Code, as amended, and Pre-Need Code of the Philippines, among others.
A Deputy Administrator (DA) for Legal Affairs of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Escolango was drawn into the limelight in late 2016 when Malacañang made him Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Administrator of SBMA, which runs the Subic Bay Freeport.
Banking on his more than seven (7) years experience as DA for Legal Affairs that equipped him with excellent knowledge, expertise and grasp in running the day-to-day affairs of SBMA, Escolango earned the respect of both business and labor in the Freeport during his short stint as OIC Administrator.
According to his website www.randyescolango.com, he passed the Philippine Bar Examinations in 2002, after which he began his private practice under his own Escolango Law Office, specializing as a Corporate and Litigation lawyer.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science Degree from the New Era University and Bachelor of Laws at Far Eastern University.
In 2010, Escolango completed his Masters in Public Management and in 2014, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration.
His first stint as a public servant was as clerk at Branch 4 of the Manila Trial Court while taking up law. His love of education also led him to teach law subjects at Gordon College in Olongapo City when he was already a lawyer.
Escolango is expected to officially assume his new post soon, but he has already been in coordination with Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez recently.
Colleagues at SBMA are delighted by Escolango’s appointment.