The newest Department of Tourism Secretary (DOT) was named and she is the daughter of the previous Senator and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, and an undersecretary of the horticulture division since the organization of previous president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she thought President Duterte was kidding when he offered her the situation amid yesterday's gathering in Malacañang.

President Duterte showing his pineapple leaf fiber made shoes to Department of Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Agriculture Undersecretary now the Tourism Chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. The shoes were displayed to the President via Carmen Hiosa (right), organizer of Piñatex Leather. | Image from Malacanang Photo

She told the ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda that she did not believe, [Duterte] was kidding me because he said it in an easygoing manner. She included that authorities were talking about the rice deficiency in the National Food Authority when the President made the offer.

The President likewise presented her as "the new DOT secretary" to previous representative Sergio Osmena III, who was in Malacañang at the time. Romulo-Puyat, who still can't seem to take her vow as the new DOT boss, said the President just asked one thing from her.

She said that the President asked one favor and that is for her not to be corrupt, the President said it in the associated. And I said, yes of course.

She stated that Duterte was disheartened that he needed to expel his representatives in light of debasement charges. She said that [the President] was sad if he knew because he has a lot of friends being removed as a result of having [an issue with] corruption.

Romulo-Puyat is supplanting previous Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, who quit her post following an outrage over the ₱60-million situation of tourism promotions on the TV program of her siblings.

A Commission on Audit report said the tourism division required the legislature claimed PTV-4 to put tourism advertisements on "Kilos Pronto", a TV demonstrate facilitated by the tourism boss' siblings.

On Tuesday the President said he needed to flame another administration official for debasement yet declined to name the authority. In the meeting, Romulo-Puyat said she doesn't know whether there was reason for the debasement charges against Teo.

She said that she doesn't know. She did not peruse it. She have not seen it. So she cannot state if there is a basis. She said that she acknowledged Duterte's offer since it has dependably been her fantasy.

She said that she has been everywhere throughout the nation. The country is so beautiful. I've been working intimately with the Department of Tourism. She is with them in Madrid Fusion and ranch tourism so what they do is not new to them.

She promised to maintain straightforwardness in the tourism division by guaranteeing that all agreements will experience appropriate offering. Close relatives won't be permitted to interfere in government contracts to maintain a strategic distance from any potential irreconcilable situation, she said.

She included that her own dad, when he was in government, constrained family visits to his office. She said that it works the same on her office. She isolates the individual [personal work and relatives] especially that the open office is an open trust and an open cash.

In spite of the issue, Romulo-Puyat said she is raring to get the opportunity to work.

She felt overwhelmed. She is happy for the support given by the President.

She even said that she will not let the president down. Being in the administration for 12 years, there is nothing you hear [against her].

Romulo-Puyat is a grandniece of Carlos P. Romulo, the primary Asian leader of the United Nations General Assembly and the immense granddaughter of Pio Valenzuela, the man whom Valenzuela City is named subsequent to, as per Asian Dragon magazine.

She is the sister-in-law of Shalani Soledad-Romulo, and dowager of the late legal advisor David Puyat. She has an undergrad and graduate degree in financial aspects from the University of the Philippines.