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Marcos names Silvestre Bello as new MECO chief

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. named outgoing Labor Secretary Silvestre 'Bebot' Bello 3rd as chairman and resident representative-designate of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) ready welcomed the former Philippine Cabinet secretary as the new head of MECO, the country’s de facto embassy in Taiwan.

About 150,000 Philippine migrant workers live in Taiwan, making the country the third-largest source of migrant workers to the nation, followed by Indonesia and Vietnam.

Bello would be replacing incumbent Wilfredo Fernandez.

Bello was acting justice secretary and solicitor general under President Fidel Ramos in 1998 and was Cabinet secretary under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2004 to 2010.

The outgoing labor chief also had a stint as a party-list representative in Congress from 2013 to 2016.


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