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Duterte names new Tourism undersecretary

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Arturo Boncato Jr. as undersecretary of the Department of Tourism.

Boncato will be replacing Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña, who was transferred to the Department of Agriculture as undersecretary earlier this month.

Boncato’s appointment paper was signed by Duterte on June 13.

Prior to his appointment, Boncato was assistant secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry and headed the DTI Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group. He was also a marketing and communications expert.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has welcomed the appointment of Boncato saying that she has heard about the latter’s impressive track record.