Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recently designated State Counsel Ricardo Paras III as OIC-Undersecretary for one year beginning July.
Paras will temporarily head the office of Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar who will be on leave to pursue post-graduate studies in the United States. Salazar is the current most senior undersecretary of the department and is the Undersecretary-in-Charge of the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT).
Salazar was recently accepted into the one-year Harvard Kennedy School's Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) under the Edward S. Mason Program, an intensive program, preceded by a one-month summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals.
The Mason Program is the Harvard Kennedy School’s flagship international course which prepares emerging global leaders to address the world’s most compelling development challenges. Among the Filipino graduates of the program are the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.
De Lima said the temporary designation of Paras will include the oversight of the operations of IACAT.
“The IACAT is resolute in its mandate to weed out human trafficking and the same enthusiasm and resolve will be carried out during Chief State Counsel Paras’ watch,” De Lima said.
Salazar resumes his post as DOJ Undersecretary in July next year.