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Ralph Recto calls on Gringo Honasan to retain DICT’s Rio

Dec 2, 2018 @ 19:38

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto urged new Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gringo Honasan to retain Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio as Senior Undersecretary.

The Batangas politiko called both Honasan and Rio as “workhorses” that the country needs.

“For one to step up, there is no need for the other to step out. The nation will benefit from the combined skills of this good tandem. Two workhorses are better than one,” Recto said.

“It will be a waste of talent if Rio, with his good credentials – double engineering degree holder, ECE board topnotcher, academic, and ex-general who has had 50 years experience in the field of telecommunications – will be let go,” he added.

Recto said retaining Rio will enable DICT to avoid transition disruptions in the agency.

“He is good for one last tour of duty, at a crucial point in our nation’s life when important developments in the ICT sector are happening, including the authorization of a third telco—which must, like any public utility, be subjected to oversight and held to its promised deliverables,” he said.

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