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Duterte names Health, Tourism, Trade secretaries

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DAVAO CITY— President-elect Rodrigo Duterte named three more additions to his Cabinet — the secretaries for the Departments of Health, Tourism, and Trade and Industry.


Incoming deputy presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella said Duterte has chosen assistant health secretary for health regulations Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial as DOH chief;  Wanda Corazon Teo, owner of Mt. Apo Travel and Tours, as tourism secretary; .and businessman Ramon Lopez as trade and industry secretary.

Duterte also named his former professor at Lyceum of the Philippines, Jose David Lapuz, as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).


Teo, sister of journalist Ramon Tulfo, is the president of National Association & Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) Phil. Inc., which claims to be the “biggest tourism organization in the country.”


Dr. Rosell-Ubial is a native of Mlang, North Cotabato, hometown of another Cabinet member, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. She will replace Health Secretary Janette Petilla Loreto Garin.


Lopez heads "Go Negosyo," a private advocacy movement supporting government in helping build enterprising Filipino communities. 

Professor Lapuz is a long-time professor of political science and of the life and works of Jose Rizal at the Lyceum of the Philippines.


Lapuz will replace CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan, who was appointed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.


 Lapuz, an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, took his post-graduate studies in international politics and foreign policy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He started teaching at the University of Santo Tomas in 1970.


Lapuz served as consultant of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo “for matters related to international relations, global politics, comparative foreign policy, moral and humanitarian issues in international affairs, and the changing nature of world politics.”


Lapuz was also a board member and commissioner of the National Historical Society under the Arroyo administration.


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