Duterte appoints new DOH, DICT OICs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed new officers-in-charge (OIC) for the health and communications technology departments, Malacañang announced.

Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle was named OIC of the Department of Health, while Communications Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio, Jr., was designated OIC for the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), read a memorandum dated October 10. A copy of the document was obtained Thursday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said in the memorandum that the appointments of Valle and Rio are effective immediately.

Valle's appointment follows the Commission on Appointments' rejection on Tuesday of Paulyn Ubial as Health Secretary.

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Prior to the appointment, Valle headed the health department's Office for Field Implementation and Management.

Rio replaces former DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, who resigned in September.

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Rio was the former Undersecretary of Information and Communications for Special Concerns.