Palace names OICs for DICT, DOH

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By ARGYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS

Un­der­sec­re­taries who will serve as of­fi­cers-in-charge (OICs) of the Depart­ment of Information and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT), and Depart­ment of Health (DOH) have been named by Mala­cañang Thurs­day.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows the res­ig­na­tion of then DICT chief Rodolfo Salal­ima and the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments' (CA) re­jec­tion of the ad in­terim ap­point­ment of Health chief Paulyn Ubial.

In a press brief­ing Thurs­day morn­ing, Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ernesto Abella named Un­der­sec­re­tary Her­minig­ildo Valle as OIC for the DOH, and Un­der­sec­re­tary Eliseo Rio Jr. as OIC for the DICT.

In two sep­a­rate mem­o­ran­dum signed by Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea by au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent, Valle and Rio were ap­pointed so as not to ham­per the de­liv­ery of ser­vices to the public.

"Upon the in­struc­tion of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte, and to en­sure the con­tin­u­ous and ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of public ser­vice, please be in­formed that you are hereby des­ig­nated as Of­fi­cer-in­Charge..." the memo ad­dressed to the two new OICs stated.

Salal­ima re­signed last Septem­ber al­legedly due to cor­rup­tion in the agency. How­ever, Duterte said he had asked Salal­ima to step down due to con­flict of in­ter­est.

Ubial, mean­while, is the fifth mem­ber of Duterte's cab­i­net to be re­jected by the CA. She fol­lows Per­fecto Yasay, Gina Lopez, Judy Tagui­walo, and Rafael Mar­i­ano.

USecValle A Davao City na­tive, Valle be­came Daly City, California's Se­ton Hos­pi­tal's first Filipino Chief of Staff. He holds a med­i­cal de­gree from the Far East­ern Univer­sity and held res­i­dences and in­tern­ships in New York and the Philip­pines.

Valle is also a US Air Force re­servist with a rank of colonel and is an Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm vet­eran. Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm was waged by coali­tion forces of 35 na­tions against Iraq in re­sponse to the coun­try’s in­va­sion and an­nex­a­tion of Kuwait.

USec Rio Rio, mean­while, is DICT's Un­der­sec­re­tary for Spe­cial Con­cerns. He is also one of the pi­o­neer­ing of­fi­cials of the gov­ern­ment's new­est agency.

The Ta­paz, Capiz na­tive, who orig­i­nally ap­plied to be the first DICT Sec­re­tary, took mil­i­tary school­ing in the Philip­pines, In­dia, Ger­many, Aus­tralia, and Hawaii be­tween 1969 and 1999.

He held sev­eral po­si­tions in the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines' Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, and was as­signed to the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­pany of the 4th In­fantry Division in Min­danao, both in the late 1960s.

He was des­ig­nated as De­fense and Armed Forces at­taché to Malaysia from April, 1992 to Novem­ber, 1995.

He re­tired from the AFP with the rank of Bri­gadier Gen­eral on Oc­to­ber 27, 2000, be­fore he was ap­pointed by for­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo as Com­mis­sioner of the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NTC) in Fe­bru­ary, 2001.

He also be­came con­sul­tant of Globe Tele­com from 2006 to 2012 and a mem­ber of the board of Bayan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions from 2004 to 2006.

He was se­lected the "Most Out­stand­ing Pro­fes­sional in the Field of Elec­tron­ics and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the Year 2002" by the Philip­pine Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion (PRC).

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