President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed PDP-Laban ally and former Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad as chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), Malacañang announced on Friday.

The OMB is an agency under the Office of the President that evaluates the qualifications of any individual, establishment or any other concerned entity to engage in the mastering, manufacturing or replication of optical media.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Natividad was given a three-year term.

“The Palace confirms the appointment of Mr. Christian Dionisio Natividad as member, representing the academe, and Chairperson of the [OMB], for a term of three years,” he said in a statement.

“We hope the appointment of Mr. Natividad would lead the OMB to greater heights, particularly in fighting optical media piracy and protecting intellectual property rights in digital form. We wish Mr. Natividad good luck in his new assignment,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro