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The new DFA spokesperson is a former ambassador to Chile

Ma. Teresita “Tess” Daza, formerly the nation’s ambassador to Chile, has been named the department’s new spokesman (DFA).

“Ambassador Tess Daza, the new DFA spokesman, is a renowned career diplomat with close to three decades of expertise in diplomatic relations and public service. We’re happy to have her on the team, “Enrique Manalo, the secretary of foreign affairs, said on Thursday.

On July 28, Daza met with members of the local and international journalists who covered foreign affairs and made a formal commitment to enable the exchange of accurate and timely information about DFA.

We are making every effort to be able to facilitate the job of the media by releasing accurate and timely information, she said in a briefing. “I do know that there is considerable responsibility relevant to the spokesperson’s role and (there are) a lot of obstacles ahead,” she said.

“I believe you play an essential role not just in terms of propagating or sharing the DFA narrative in terms of policy, its services, and programs, but more than that, you ensure that the nation becomes a better, more open, more inclusive, and more enlightened society,” she continued.

From July 2015 to April 2019, Daza held the position of Philippine Ambassador to India, with concurrent authority over Nepal.

From 2009 until 2013, she served as the Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires at the Philippine Permanent Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Jakarta.

She has also worked abroad in Malaysia and Romania.

Daza was given different assignments in the Department of Foreign Affairs, including the Office of Asean Affairs, the Office of Protocol, and the Office of the Secretary-Economic Diplomacy Unit.

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