QUEZON CITY – Banking on the expertise of newly-appointed officials, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is optimistic that the department can deliver more accomplishments for the benefit of the homeless and underprivileged.
On Monday, Secretary Del Rosario administered the oath to four newly-appointed DHSUD officials, led by Undersecretaries Marylin Pintor and Zyril Carlos.
Assistant Secretary Avelino Tolentino III and Director Mylene Rivera also took their oath.
“I can say now that top leadership is complete and we can do more for us to do our job better and banking on the expertise of the newly appointed officials,” Secretary Del Rosario said, who immediately called an executive committee meeting after the event.
In his message, the housing czar rallied all DHSUD personnel to synchronize their efforts and perform with excellence in pursuit of the department’s mandate.
According to Secretary Del Rosario, three components shall complement DHSUD in fulfilling its mandate to help the less fortunate to have decent and affordable housing, build resilient communities and deliver quality housing projects during the current administration.
These three components are unity, a strong sense of responsibility and mission accomplishment.
“Let us unite as one department because after all we only have one mission, we only have one objective, and that is for us to deliver what is best for the homeless,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
He added that “responsibility is demanded from us as public servants” and undertakings or projects must be seen through “to the end.”
Secretary Del Rosario designated Undersecretary Pintor as his second-in-command, who shall “act as the focal person” in his absence. Prior to her appointment, she served as the officer-in-charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for Operations and Support Services and concurrently as commissioner of the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.
On the other hand, Undersecretary Carlos, a retired Navy admiral, was tapped to supervise the support services, along with Assistant Secretary Tolentino, who was also designated as adviser to all directors in relation to coordination and integration of efforts of all the services, bureaus and regional offices.
As Planning Service chief, Director Rivera was tasked by Secretary Del Rosario to finish the 20-year housing roadmap by March this year. The strategic roadmap or housing sector plan will institutionalize the plans and programs crafted by DHSUD in close collaboration with all stakeholders. -30-