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I have to change the subject of my column this week due to the sudden and unexpected resignation of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, a former executive of A. Soriano Corporation in Makati.

In a news report datelined Manila captioned “Lim resigns as tourism secretary,” Lim said: “I would like to announce that I have tendered my resignation as head of the Department of Tourism effective Aug. 31, 2011.”

He continued: “My reason for resigning is personal...I would like to spend more time with my family,” adding that his position entails a great deal of travel.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III accepted Lim’s resignation.

He added Aquino has yet to choose a replacement for Lim.

Lim maintained that he offered to resign and was not asked to resign.

Lim’s resignation was unexpected and surprising because on page 1 of the June 24-30, 2011 issue of the Filipino Reporter a news item captioned “DOT goes on a roadshow” states that the Department of Tourism is revving up preparations for the forthcoming Pinoy Homecoming campaign roadshow that will span six cities in the United States and Canada from June 20 to July 2.

The roadshow aims to accelerate the promotion and drum up support for the Balikbayan program by bringing the campaign to its primary market in North America where there is a high concentration of overseas Filipinos.

President Aquino recently signed Proclamation 181: “Declaring the Years 2011 to 2016 as the Pinoy Homecoming Years.”

Lili’s column of the same issue captioned “Tourism promo in Big Apple” mentioned that Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim spearheaded the presentation of Pinoy Homecoming-Balikbayan Plus in connection with a Tourism Promotion Mission in the U.S. and Canada, assisting him is Assistant Secretary Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III.

Other participants include Senators Edgardo J. Angara, Franklin M. Drilon and Pia Cayetano, and Congressmen Florencio T. Miraflores, Edgar S. San Luis and Joaquin Carlos Rahman A. Nava.

Lim as ANSCOR executive

During my assignment at the Legal Department at A. Soriano Corporation (ANSCOR) in Makati, I recall that Lim was one of the executives at the Controller’s Office with Mr. Juan de Ibazeta, Controller and Executive Vice President.

I lost track of Lim when I joined Ansor International Limited, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, and Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines, with offices in New York City and later in Stamford, Connecticut for 20 years except for a brief period when his young brother sublet a part of our New York office when he was in charge of selling shrimps for San Miguel Corporation.

Author’s comment

Lim is a technocrat and not a politician. He has been in the private sector for decades.

He cannot survive the rigors and intrigues of a political position.

But ANSCOR is gone as a multinational corporation.

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