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Duterte appoints La Vina as new DA Usec.

Former SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel ‘Pompee’ Lavina (Photo Credits:

Jose Gabriel ‘Pompei’ La Vina has been named as the new Undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, after previously receiving assignments at the Department of Tourism and Social Security System.

La Vina will be replacing Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who has been tasked to head the Tourism agency.

In February, President Rodrigo Duterte did not renew the contract of La Vina as SSS commissioner due to issues of corruption, and conflict within the agency.

However, in April, the President named La Vina as undersecretary of DOT.

The appointment papers of La Vina to the Agriculture department were signed by Duterte on Wednesday, but were only released today.

During Duterte’s presidential campaign, La Vina served as his social media director.


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