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Malacanang appoints OICs as for health and communication

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Malacañang has appointed officers-in-charge (OICs) for the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to fill up the leadership vacuum and “to ensure the continuous and effective delivery of public service.”

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, signed the appointment papers of Undersecretary Herminigildo V. Valle and Undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. as OICs of the DOH and the DICT, respectively.

Valle, the Undersecretary for the Office for Field Implementation and Management (OFIM), was appointed OIC following the rejection of the ad interim appointment of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday.

Rio, who is the Undersecretary for Special Concerns, replaced DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima who resigned last September 21.

Salalima said he tendered his resignation for “personal and work-related reasons.”

However, in an interview aired on state-run PTV-4 on September 29, President Duterte said he asked his former classmate in the San Beda Law School to resign for “favoring a certain company.”