Mr. Maines is the newly-elected President of Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies (APBest) and is also currently the Chief of Staff of Deputy Speaker and Cebu Province 3rd District Representative Pablo John F. Garcia. Prior to his stint in Congress, Mr. Maines was a university researcher in the University of the Philippines (UP) Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs from 2017 to 2019 and a research assistant in the Office of the Dean of the UP College of Law from 2015 to 2017. Before being elected as president of APBest, Mr. Maines served as the technical working group head since 2014. He earned his Economics and Juris Doctor degrees from UP Diliman. He passed the recently concluded 2021 Philippine Bar Examinations. Mr. Maines is also a former Lord Chancellor of the UP Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity.
Meanwhile, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno is named Secretary of Finance. He is Chairman Emeritus of Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies.