Published: Tuesday 15 May, 2018

New Tourism Chief Berna Romulo-Puyat Asks DOT Usecs to Resign

On her first day as Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat asked all DOT undersecretaries and assistant secretaries for their courtesy resignations. Berna Romulo-Puyat said the president has given her a free hand in running the DOT and, as such, she wants to start with a clean slate in as much as her top officials are concerned.

In a memo released on her first official day on the job, Romulo-Puyat directed all DOT Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries to submit their courtesy resignations to her between May 15 and May 21. However, career officials are exempted from the order.

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“Until any action is taken by the President on such courtesy resignations, all Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries shall continue to report for work and perform their usual duties and responsibilities subject to any modification that the undersigned may deem proper to adopt in the meantime,” said Puyat in the memo.

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The memo from DOT secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. (Twitter/Dexter Cabalza)

The DOT has, at least, 10 assistant secretaries and undersecretaries.

According to Politiko, those affected by the order are undersecretaries Katherine De Castro, Rolando Cañizal, Alma Rita Jimenez and Marco Bautista, and assistant secretaries Eden Josephine David, Maria Lourdes Japson, Daniel Angelo Mercado, Frederick Alegre and Reynaldo Ching.

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Berna Romulo-Puyat was sworn into office on Monday night in Malacanang. She took over the DOT post after Wanda Teo resigned last week amid a TV ad scandal involving her brother, Ben Tulfo.