Edu Punay appointed as DSWD OIC

The Malacañang announced that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. named Eduardo Punay as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The OIC of Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) Cheloy Garafil confirmed that Punay is the OIC in DSWD.

“We confirm the appointment of Undersecretary Eduardo M. Punay as the Officer-In-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” Garafil said in a statement.

Punay served as DSWD Undersecretary for Special Projects. He was a broadsheet reporter before working for the Marcos administration.

Punay was designated as DSWD OIC "to ensure the continuous operations of the agency and that no activities will be derailed or hampered," the department said in a separate statement.

Former DSWD chief Erwin Tulfo, another ex-journalist, was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) due to citizenship issues and previous libel convictions.

“I like Sec. Tulfo. Masipag siya. Nasasayangan ako sa kanya but we have to perform our constitutional mandate. We have to weigh in on what the justices are saying. They have legal opinions and Supreme Court decisions,” Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

Aside from four counts of libel, Tulfo failed to submit documents to prove that he is no longer an American citizen after a previous enlistment in the United States Army.

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