OICs appointed to head DICT, DoH

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte speaks to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the awarding ceremony of the Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 30, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PPD

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed an officer-in-charge (OIC) each to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Health (DoH).

The appointments of Eliseo Mijares Rio, Jr. to head the DICT and Herminigildo V. Valle to head the DoH were made in separate memorandums to them by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea dated Oct. 10, when the Commission on Appointments voted to reject the appointment of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial.

In a memorandum by the Executive Secretary dated Oct. 10, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, on behalf of Mr. Duterte, signed the appointment letter of Mr. Valle as OIC of the Department of Health.

Mr. Valle completed his medical studies in 1984 specializing in internal medicine. He previously served as chief medical officer in a medical facility in California. He is also a US Air force reservist with the rank of colonel and a veteran of the United States’ Operation Desert Storm against Iraq in the early 1990s.

Mr. Rio, who takes over from resigned DICT secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima, served as commissioner of the National Telecommunication Commission under then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from February 2001 to October 2002.

Before that, he held various positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, including as Group Commander of Military Intelligence Group (MIG) 21, Comm-Electronics Technical Intelligence Group of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) from 1988 to 1992.

He retired from the AFP with the rank of brigadier-general in 2000. — Rosemarie A. Zamora