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Profile of Secretary BERNADETTE ROMULO-PUYAT

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 11:35 pm
  • ACROFAN=Jae-Yong Ryu
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Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is a product of the University of the Philippines where she graduated cum laude for her bachelor’s degree in Economics. She also pursued her master’s degree in Economics at the same institution.

From 1994 to 2006, she was a lecturer at her alma mater. She served as an Economic Consultant to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council from 2001 to 2002, and to the Presidential Management Staff from 2005 to 2006. Furthermore, she served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the Office of the President in 2006.

In 2007, she was appointed Undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture where she handled special concerns, administration and finance, and agribusiness and marketing. Additionally, she headed various teams and committees on rural credit, trade and investment promotion, development assistance, international cooperation, organic agriculture, and gender and development.

In May 2018, she was appointed Secretary of the Department of Tourism. Her focus is on sustainable tourism, increasing investments in the sector, enhancing programs for tourism infrastructure, as well as product and market development.

 
During the CoVid-19 pandemic, Secretary Romulo-Puyat led efforts to boost the recovery of the tourism industry. She headed the crafting of the Philippines Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP), which laid out innovative strategies and programs for affected tourism stakeholders, including affordable capital loans for tourism enterprises, financial assistance for displaced tourism workers, and immediate vaccination of all active tourism workers. More so, her administration put great emphasis on developing sustainable tourism practices and activities, to ensure that Philippine resources are protected and available for the future generation. On top of everything, she persistently sought strong collaboration with partner agencies, local government units, and tourism stakeholders.