Javier Rivera-Aquino resigned as deputy secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Secretary Manuel Laboy informed in a written statement.
Rivera-Aquino has a long history as an advocate and promoter of Puerto Rican products. During his tenure as the secretary of Department of Agriculture, under Luis Fortuño's administration, he headed policies that presently promote the consumption of local products in Puerto Rico and in other jurisdictions.
"Javier Rivera-Aquino, my partner in the important task of addressing the core issues of the Puerto Rican economy to boost their development and growth, some time ago notified me his intention to take new professional paths.That day is June 30, 2019," Laboy said.
"Rivera-Aquino will have the opportunity to start a new professional project from the private practice of the law from his beloved town of Lares. Profession that loves almost as much as agronomy. In the DDEC, we are fortunate to share this time with a public servant of the first order. We are grateful for his dedication, advice and support during these past years, always looking to create a better Puerto Rico," the Secretary added.
Rivera-Aquino, served as executive director of the Authority for the Redevelopment of the Land of the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Base and, as deputy secretary, directed efforts related to the development of programs for the recovery of merchants under the CDBG-DR funds. He also lead hydroponics and other initiatives of the Labor Development and Business Development Program.