Damian Domingo ?Dondi? Mapa, one of the pioneering deputy commissioners of the National Privacy Commission (NPC), has announced that he is quitting his government position.
Mapa first hinted of his departure in a Facebook post, saying his work at the privacy agency was done and it was time to move on. He did not say when his resignation would become effective, but he pointed out that he has not accepted any job offer yet.
Mapa did not state any reason for leaving the NPC halfway into his fixed term. He was supposed to serve as deputy commissioner, a post that is equivalent in rank to a department undersecretary, until March 2019.
His resignation leaves Ivy Patdu, a lawyer-physician, as the only remaining deputy commissioner at the NPC. The privacy agency is headed by commissioner, Raymond Liboro, who is also now halfway in his three-year term.
It was on March 7, 2016 when Newsbytes.PH broke the story on the appointment of Mapa and Patdu as deputy commissioners. There was an initial confusion on Mapa?s appointment as the announcement was made while he was still working as the national technology officer of Microsoft Philippines. He eventually left the software subsidiary and assumed this role at the NPC.
Mapa was also one of the pioneering commissioners of the defunct Commission of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) that was created by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004.
Aside from Microsoft Philippines, he also had stints as an top executive in tech companies like HatchAsia and Dell Philippines.