Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is the new tourism secretary, according to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
Puyat will replace former Department of Tourism (DOT) chief Wanda Tulfo Teo after the latter resigned amid the scandal over the Php 60 million ad deal with her brother’s TV program in the state-run network PTV-4.
The new DOT chief is no stranger to President Rodrigo Duterte and has appeared in various events in Malacañang. She is the daughter of Former Senator Alberto Romulo.
The younger Romulo has been agriculture undersecretary for Administration, Agribusiness and Marketing, and Regional Engagement since July 2017. Prior to it, she has also served various executive positions under the previous administrations.