Celis gets Comelec post

Nelson Java Celis, an expert in information technology, has been appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the Commission on Elections, replacing former Commissioner Aimee Torrefanca-Neri.

Celis will serve until 2 February 2029, according to Malacañang in a letter to Comelec chairperson George Garcia.

Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said the poll body is looking forward to working with Celis whose expertise will help improve the country’s electoral process.

“We sincerely believe that his expertise and long experience in Information Technology will immensely benefit the Comelec and further enhance the automation of our electoral processes,” he added.

Laudiangco’s appointment, however, will still have to be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.

Celis attended Don Bosco Technical College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Business Administration at De la Salle University.

He taught at La Salle’s Graduate Schools of Business and Computer Studies.

In 2012, he was recognized as the Most Outstanding Electronics Engineer by the Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines. He is an electronics and communications engineer with 41 years of continuous experience in IT and management.

Corporate governance, IT governance, strategic management, risk management (i.e., adherence to the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR), information security management system, business process management, systems audit, project management, business continuity management, and event management are among his areas of expertise.

He worked for 10 years at Manila Electric Company’s data center operations and information systems planning department. He then spent another 10 years as the chief information officer of the MegaLink ATM consortium and Philippine Veterans Bank.

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