The Department of Health will probably be managed by Undersecretary Dr. Gerardo Bayugo till July 14 since Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial has left for the United States.
In a Department Personnel Order dated June 30, Ubial designated Bayugo as officer in charge of the DOH whereas she was overseas.
She didn’t give a cause for her journey.
As officer in charge, Bayugo is permitted to behave on all issues relating to the DOH’s operations, “except on sensitive policy determining matters” which Ubial mentioned she is going to attend to when she’s again within the nation.
The DOH has its palms full with the Marawi disaster, the collection of earthquakes in Leyte, the wet season and the gradual procurement of medical tools for navy hospitals.