Palace names OICs for DOH, DICT

Eliseo Rio Jr. (right) and Herminigildo Valle. ( image)

Malacañang on Thursday named the officers-in-charge of the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

In separate memorandum orders issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, DOH Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle was designated OIC of the health agency while DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr. was designated OIC of DICT.

Their designation was made “to ensure the continuous and effective delivery of public service,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing.

The appointment papers of Valle and Rio were signed by President Duterte on October 10, 2017, according to Abella.

The new appointments followed the recent rejection by the Commission on Appointments of the confirmation of Paulyn Ubial as secretary of the DOH and the resignation of Rodolfo Salalima as DICT chief.