Vergeire designated as DOH officer-in-charge

DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire. Screengrab from RTVM

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary and spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire has been designated as officer-in-charge of the Department of Health (DOH), as calls mount for the health portfolio to be filled up amid rising coronavirus and dengue cases.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles made the announcement Thursday, citing Vergeire’s record as a career official.

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“Si Dr. Rosario Vergeire has been designated as OIC of the Department of Health. Siya currently yung undersecretary for public health services ng DOH,” Cruz-Angeles said in a recorded video.

(Dr. Rosario Vergeire has been designated as OIC of the Department of Health. She is currently the undersecretary for public health services of the DOH.)

The Palace however did not say if President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. already has somebody in mind to take the health secretary post such that Vergeire’s designation was only as OIC.